WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has finally confirmed that he will square off against WBA title holder and arch-rival David Haye in a four-belt unification bout in Hamburg, Germany on July 2nd.
Both fighters have agreed on a 50-50 purse for the bout and after over two-years of wrangling, the two fighters will finally have a focal point for their heavyweight grudge match, with German football club Hamburger SV’s impressive 57,000 capacity Imtech Arena rubberstamped to host the summer bout.
Klitschko, 35, is undefeated in over seven years and has a formidable 58 fight record, with 55 victories, whilst 30 year-old Haye has just one loss in his 26 bouts. The Londoner holds an unbeaten three-year record since moving up to heavyweight after unifying the cruiserweight division and will retire from boxing in October.
Should the “Hayemaker” be successful in the summer, he could then face elder Klitschko Vitali, who is on the brink of finalizing a bout with Tomasz Adamek in September 10th in Poland. Wladimir would then step in to face Adamek as Vitali would seek to avenge his brother against Haye in the Brit’s final bout before retirement.