Klitschko-Haye could take place outside Germany

The highly anticipated fight between IBF and WBO champion
Wladimir Klitschko and WBA Title-holder David Haye could take place
outside Germany, Klitschko’s management said Monday.
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The Klitschko Management Group said it was looking at soccer
stadiums in Dortmund, Gelsenkirchen and Kaiserslautern, but also at
”two options abroad.”
KMG executive Bernd Boente said the fight would take place in
prime time for German television, but did not say which possible
locations outside Germany were being considered.
The fight is set for either June 25 or July 2.
”I am pleased that a Klitschko fight against David Haye is
finally taking place,” Wladimir Klitschko said in the statement
from KMG.
”Haye chickened out twice against us and is now already talking
big again. It’s time to let the fists do the talking,” Klitschko
said. ”It is my family’s dream to unify all four Titles in the
family.”
Klitschko’s older brother Vitali holds the WBC belt and will
defend it against Odlanier Solis on March 19 in Cologne,
Germany.
”Since I switched to the heavyweight division, it was clear
that this fight will come one day,” Haye said. ”The outcome is
also clear: I will destroy him and end the Klitschko era once for
all.”
A Briton who was once cruiserweight champion, Haye brings a 25-1
record with 23 knockouts to the fight.
Klitschko has a 55-3 record with 49 knockouts.
Haye has angered the Ukrainian brothers with incendiary
statements before.
He memorably attended a news conference wearing a T-shirt with a
rendering of Haye holding the brothers’ severed heads.
After months of failed negotiations, both boxers confirmed
Sunday the fight was finally on.
Haye pulled out of a fight with the younger Klitschko brother in
2009 with a back injury and talks between the two camps have
collapsed several times since.
”I always believed we’d one day fight and I’m glad we’ve cut
through the nonsense and put together the most important fight in
the heavyweight division,” said the 30-year-old Haye, who plans to
retire in October. ”This is the match the boxing world has been
calling for since I first decided to step into the heavyweight
division, and I feel it is my destiny to fight and beat Wladimir
Klitschko. We are the best two heavyweights in the world and it
would have been a travesty for us to have never fought.”
The Haye camp said the deal, which will unify three of the four
recognized belts in the division, was struck with Klitschko on
Friday.
”Klitschko is ready made for me. I eat tall, chinny Eastern
European heavyweights for breakfast. Wladimir is a fighter that
doesn’t like to fight,” said Haye, who won the WBA belt by
defeating giant Russian boxer Nikolay Valuev in November 2009 and
has since successfully defended his Title twice.
”The terms were right, it’s a fair deal – it’s a 50-50 split,”
Haye said. ”That’s what they wanted and that’s what I
wanted.”
The Haye fight was announced shortly after Klitschko pulled out
of a planned Title defense against British challenger Derek Chisora
on April 30 because the Ukrainian said he hadn’t recovered from a
torn abdominal muscle.

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