Wladimir Klitschko vs. David Haye

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Jabs Klitschko Haye
Landed 105 36
Thrown 376 171
Percent 28% 21%
Power Punches Klitschko Haye
Landed 29 36
Thrown 133 119
Percent 22% 30%
Total Punches Klitschko Haye
Landed 134 72
Thrown 509 290
Percent 26% 25%

Wladimir Klitschko 243 lbs beat David Haye 211 lbs by UD in round 12 of 12


Official Fight Poster
  • Wladimir Klitschko 55-3 (49 KOs) vs. David Haye 25-1 (23 KOs)
  • Klitschko entered as world heavyweight champion and the # 5 pound-for-pound fighter, according to The Ring Magazine. Haye, a 1.75/1 betting underdog [1], was ranked as the # 2 contender by the same publication, behind only Wladimir and his brother Vitali. [2]
  • Haye had signed to fight Wladimir in June 2009, but pulled out shortly before the fight. Later in 2009, he negotiated a deal with Vitali, but did not sign the contract he had agreed to and instead secretly negotiated to face Nikolay Valuev, the titleholder Haye eventually outpointed to claim the WBA Heavyweight Title. [3]
  • In preparation for the bout, Haye primarily sparred with the 6'8 and then-unbeaten David Price. [4]
  • Klitschko and Haye agreed to a 50-50 split of the purse and Haye was allotted 7000 seats at the venue.[5]
  • Ticket prices for the bout ranged from 50-1500 Euros [6] (Official Ticket).
  • William Hill were expecting to turn over £5million for the fight.[7]
  • The crowd was reported to be over 61,000.[8]
  • An estimated audience of 500 million viewers worldwide watched the main event.
  • The fight averaged 15.56 million viewers in Germany with 67.0 market share. It peaked at 16.28 million viewers with 75.7 share.
  • The fight was watched by a total 21 million people in Ukraine.
  • It also drew record-breaking 1.17 million PPV buys in the United Kingdom.
  • In Poland, the bout averaged almost 3.4 million households, which translates to roughly 5-6 million average viewers.[9][10][11][12]
  • The event reportedly had a $25 million gate.[13]
  • According to SecondsOut, both Klitschko and Haye earned $32 million for the fight.[14]
  • HBO's Harold Lederman scored the bout 117-109 and ESPN's Dan Rafael 118-108; both in favor of Klitschko.
  • Fight Poster #2.

Wladimir Klitschko beats David Haye
Ben Dirs, BBC Sport, July 6, 2001

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David Haye fell short in his attempt to unify the heavyweight division as he was beaten on points by Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg.

In front of 45,000 fans, including an estimated 10,000 fellow Brits, Haye was outboxed and outmuscled by his rival for 12 rounds.

Haye had promised a new game-plan for the fight but was unable to bypass his Ukrainian rival's ramrod jab to get off shots of his own.

The three judges scored the fight 117-109, 118-108 and 116-110, all in Klitschko's favour.

The nature of the fight and the outcome was particularly disappointing given Haye's confident demeanour and various pronouncements beforehand, although he claimed afterwards he had broken a toe in his right foot.

Haye had labelled Klitschko a fraud and promised to inject new life into the heavyweight division but he was given a boxing lesson by Klitschko, who added Haye's WBA belt to the IBF and WBO straps he already held.

In monsoon conditions, many of the most expensive seats were vacant until minutes before the opening bell, open as they were to the elements at the Imtech Arena.

The 30-year-old Haye did not enter the football stadium on cue, presumably because he did not want to be left waiting in a chilly ring, meaning the fight started 25 minutes later than planned.

While many thought Haye's best chance of victory was to come out and take risks, the opening rounds were cagey affairs, with Haye standing off and looking for an opening and the Ukrainian trying to pin him down with his jab, his signature shot.

When Haye did come forward he was falling short, while Klitschko, 35, finally unsheathed his right midway through round two, which Haye stood up to well.

In round three there was already the feeling the fight had slipped into a groove, with Klitschko unleashing sharp left-right combinations and leaning all over Haye when the Londoner tried to slip the jab and get close.

And if the British fans expected their man to up his work rate and start taking more risks in the middle rounds, they were to be sorely disappointed, with Haye discovering what many Klitschko opponents already knew - that getting inside Klitschko's jab is almost impossible to do.

If anything, it was Klitschko who upped his game, peppering Haye with jabs and nailing him with a crunching right hand in round five.

Klitschko was docked a point for leaning in round seven, although Haye, who was giving away more than two stone in weight, seemed to be going to ground a little too easily.

In round nine, Klitschko started throwing right-hand leads, proof of his growing confidence and belief his opponent did not have anything in his armoury to hurt him.

And down the stretch, Haye, who was given a count in the 11th, although it appeared he had slipped, was limited to desperate, swinging rights, which Klitschko had little trouble in dealing with.

While Haye raised his arms on the sound of the final bell, the announcement of the scorecards only confirmed what most people already knew - that Klitschko had won by a procession.

It was a huge letdown for Haye's army of fans and their mood would not have been improved as they made their way back to central Hamburg through sheeting rain.

Haye, who at least had the good grace to shake Klitschko's hand after the fight, said he would now take a break and consider his options, although he had previously vowed to retire before his 31st birthday on 13 October.

It was Haye's first defeat since Carl Thompson stopped him in a cruiserweight contest in 2004 and his first as a heavyweight.

Haye, a former undisputed cruiserweight champion, falls to 25 wins and two defeats, while Klitschko, who has not lost since 2004, improves to 56 wins and three defeats.[15]

Pre & Post Fight Quotes

July 2011 cover of The Ring Magazine
  • "I am very happy that Haye finally dares to step into the ring with me. He already ducked out of two fights with me and Vitali and is only trash-talking and producing stupid shirts. Now he has to prove in the ring what he has got. I have been waiting for this fight for over two years... I am completely recovered and I have been cleared by the doctor, so I am ready to go. I can train now, but it's early. I do will do the same preparation I always do. I'm, of course, taking this fight like any other fight --seriously. I know exactly what to expect from him and what to do with him. My game plan has not changed since I was preparing to fight him in June 2009. To me nothing has changed." - Wladimir Klitschko in the pre-fight buildup. (Concerning the "stupid shirts", Haye wore a t-shirt famously depicting himself standing in the ring with the decapitated heads of Klitschko and his older brother, fellow heavyweight titleholder Vitali Klitschko. [16])
  • "He's a fraud and I'm good at exposing frauds... Here's my time to prove it. I'm in good shape, so for the first time he's fighting someone healthy. Normally he tries to pick people who are injured or coming off long layoffs. This time he's got a prime athlete at his peak. I believe the people he's fought make him look spectacular, from the fact that he wears big shoulder pads in his gowns to the fact that he picks the guys who fit his style perfectly. I'm not fooled by it... When the going gets tough, he gets going towards the canvas." - David Haye in the pre-fight buildup [17]
  • "He was very cautious", said Klitschko afterward. "He was very difficult to hit. Just like Ibragimov. I really didn't get challenged in the ring offensively. You know, like 'Let's fight!'. Instead he was like all of them, like all of my recent opponents. I would have loved to have celebrated my 50th knockout."

Preceded by:
Haye vs. Harrison
WBA Heavyweight Title Fight
# 94
Succeeded by:
W. Klitschko vs. Mormeck
Preceded by:
W. Klitschko vs. Peter II
IBF Heavyweight Title Fight
# 55
Succeeded by:
W. Klitschko vs. Mormeck
Preceded by:
W. Klitschko vs. Peter II
IBO Heavyweight Title Fight
# 31
Succeeded by:
W. Klitschko vs. Mormeck
Preceded by:
W. Klitschko vs. Peter II
WBO Heavyweight Title Fight
# 43
Succeeded by:
W. Klitschko vs. Mormeck