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Fight on foreign soil is not a reason for Haye to be underdog

| 10.05.2011

One of the reasons as to why David Haye may be the underdog in his heavyweight title unification fight with Wladimir Klitschko is because the bout is in Germany, but this should prove no hindrance to his chances.

Haye is 5/4 in the boxing odds to successfully retain his WBA heavyweight crown on July 2nd at the Imtech Arena in Hamburg, with a victory also meaning he becomes the new IBF and WBO champion in the division.

Klitschko is the 8/13 favourite and certainly has the experience of fighting in Germany, as the country has hosted seven of his last eight title defences, including each of the last five.

However, Haye has proven in the past an ability to get the job done in a foreign country, most notably when winning his belt from Nikolai Valuev in Germany in 2009.

Meanwhile, Haye has also stopped Jean-Marc Mormeck in Paris in his cruiserweight days and has won all three of his previous fights against eastern European opponents, including fellow Ukrainian Alexander Gurov.

Haye has shown little respect for his fellow champion in the build up to the fight and is fully expecting to come out on top against Klitschko, despite the 35-year-old being unbeaten since 2004.

He said: “Klitschko’s got an impressive jab, I’ve seen him sicken people with it, but I don’t believe the fight will go 12 rounds.

“Wladimir Klitschko’s not tough enough, mentally or physically, no way – unless he gets a chin transplant, and with eight weeks I don’t think there’s time enough for that to heal.

“As soon as I let my hands go, the fight’s over. For the first time he’s fighting someone who’s healthy, he normally picks people who are injured or coming off a long lay-off. I’m a prime athlete in my peak.”

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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.