World heavyweight champions David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye and Wladimir Klitschko will officially collide and attempt to unify WBA/IBF/WBO and IBO championships on Saturday, July 2nd at the 57,000-capacity Imtech Arena in Hamburg, Germany.
The 30-year-old Haye (25-1, 23 KOs) secured his WBA belt in November 2009, when he trekked to Nuremberg, Germany to topple 7’2 Russian behemoth Nikolay Valuev. ‘The Hayemaker’ then successfully defended the crown twice in 2010, defeating both John Ruiz and Audley Harrison within the scheduled distance.
The 35-year-old Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs), meanwhile, first won the WBO version of the title in October 2000, and has enjoyed two stints as champion of that particular organisation. Nicknamed ‘Dr. Steelhammer’, Klitschko, has also grabbed IBF and IBO belts along the way and most recently knocked out Samuel Peter to retain all three.