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Haye vs Klitschko finally confirmed for Hamburg in July

| 20.04.2011

David Haye will finally get his long-awaited fight with one of the Klitschko brothers as it has been agreed that he will face Wladimir in a heavyweight title unification bout in Germany on July 2nd.

Thrashing out terms has been a drawn out procedure, but Klitschko’s manager Bernd Boente has 100 per cent confirmed that the eagerly anticipated showdown will take place at Hamburg’s Imtech Arena.

WBA heavyweight champion Haye is the underdog at 5/4 in the boxing odds to secure a victory that would hand Klitschko a first defeat since his surprise 2004 loss to Lamont Brewster.

Klitschko is the 4/7 favourite to successfully retain his IBF and WBO belts.

Haye was so desperate to step into the ring with Klitschko that he had revealed that he will bow down to the Ukrainian’s demands, particularly in terms of the country in which the battle would take place.

Boente said: “We had different options and held negotiations in other countries. Switzerland was in play, Ukraine and different options in Germany.

“We had only two dates from Sky and RTL, the key players here, and it was either June 25th or July 2nd. So it was always dependent on the stadium. In Hamburg, only July 2nd was possible because of various concerts.”

Both men have been keen to state their intentions of knocking out the other, with Klitschko being especially accurate by stating that he would cause the bout to be stopped in the final round.

It is 11/8 in the boxing odds that Klitschko wins the fight by KO, TKO or disqualification and 28/1 that he is accurate with his prediction of a 12th round stoppage.

Haye has also stated his intention on twitter to win by knockout and this outcome is priced at 15/8.

A £30 stake on Haye beating Klitschko in the first round would return £660. New customers can sign up here for a free £30 bet.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.