Klitschko Demolishes Haye
Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko dominated David Haye in their heavily hyped bout on Saturday to add his British opponent’s WBA belt to his collection of championships.
Fighting in front of a partisan crowd in his adopted country of Germany, Klitschko used his reach advantage to keep Haye at bay en route to a 117-109, 118-108, 116-110, unanimous decision victory that allowed Klitschko and his brother, Vitali, to hold all of the belts in the heavyweight division. Wladimir now has the WBO, IBF, IBO, and WBA belts, while Vitali is the WBC champion.
Haye, who, before the fight, vowed to give Klitschko the beating of his life, could not back up his words as he appeared to be afraid to mix it up with his taller and bigger opponent. The 30-year-old former undisputed cruiserweight champion had angered Klitschko prior to the match with his sometimes below-the-belt trash talking. After the fight, Haye said that he fought with an injured toe, which prevented him from launching his attacks. “I had to knock him out and unfortunately I couldn’t do it,” said Haye, who even took off his shoe after the fight to show his alleged broken toe.
Klitschko, on the other hand, appeared unsatisfied despite the win, suggesting that he played consciously at some point to prevent Haye from landing potential haymakers. “I wished I could knock him out impressively,” Klitschko said. “But I had to be smart enough to not let him have a chance.”