Wladimir Klitschko vs. David Haye

Wladimir Klitschko vs. David Haye, billed as The Talk Ends Now, was a heavyweight unification fight between IBF, WBO, IBO, and The Ring champion Wladimir Klitschko, and WBA champion David Haye. The fight took place in Imtech Arena, Altona, Hamburg, Germany on July 2, 2011.[1][2][3] Klitschko defeated Haye by unanimous decision.[4]

The Talk Ends Now
Date2 July 2011
VenueImtech Arena, Altona, Hamburg, Germany
Title(s) on the lineWBA (Unified), IBF, WBO, IBO, and The Ring heavyweight titles
Tale of the tape
Boxer Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko United Kingdom David Haye
Nickname "Dr. Steelhammer" "The Hayemaker"
Hometown Kyiv, Kyiv Oblast, Ukraine Bermondsey, London, UK
Pre-fight record 55–3 (49 KO) 25–1 (23 KO)
Age 35 years, 3 months 30 years, 8 months
Height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm) 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 242.6 lb (110 kg) 212.8 lb (97 kg)
Style Orthodox Orthodox
Recognition IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring
Heavyweight Champion
The Ring
No. 5 ranked pound-for-pound fighter
Heavyweight Champion
The Ring
No. 2 Ranked Heavyweight
2-division world champion
Klitschko wins via 12-round unanimous decision (117-109, 118-108, 116-110)



In 2008 after becoming unified cruiserweight champion,[5] David Haye moved up to heavyweight.[6] Klitschko welcomed the challenge of Haye.[7] Talks started immediately between Klitschko and Haye but came to nothing,[8] even after Haye publicly confronted and challenged Klitschko at an event at the ExCeL London in April 2008.[9] Haye reiterated a challenge to Klitschko to fight him in 2009.[10] In his second fight, he wanted to fight JD Chapman who he claimed was a similar style to the Klitschkos.[11] Haye also added that the heavyweight division was scared of him.[12] In July 2008 Wladimir Klitschko said that Haye was a possible opponent for him to fight next.[13] Haye started to call out the Klitschkos after he knocked out Monte Barret in the 5th round in 2008.[14]

In late 2008 Haye and Vitali verbally agreed to terms to fight in the summer.[15] However Klitschko fought mandatory challenger, Juan Carlos Gomez.[16] Haye then turned his sights to Wladimir.[17] In 2009 after protracted talks,[18] Wladimir agreed to fight Haye on 20 June in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.[19] In the build-up to that fight Klitschko labeled Haye an 'embarrassment' after Haye appeared wearing a T-shirt with the Klitschkos' severed heads.[20] He also vowed to knock Haye out in the 12th round.[21] Haye pulled out of the fight with a back injury, and hoped to postpone the fight until July 11.[22] This did not happen and Haye was replaced by Ruslan Chagaev who Klitschko stopped in 9th round.[23] Since then both Vitali and Wladimir had wanted to fight Haye, with Vitali wanting to have a fight with Haye in 2010 which never happened.[24] Instead, Haye won the WBA title after defeating Nikolay Valuev.[25]



On 16 April 2009, Haye wore a T-shirt depicting him holding the heads of the Klitschko brothers while standing atop their decapitated bodies. At the same time, he declared a war on both the Klitschko brothers, hoping to first defeat Wladimir, then Vitali.[26] Two press conferences were held in announcement of the fight. The first one took place in Hamburg, the second in London. There was also an HBO Face Off held in New York City.[27] At both press conferences David Haye refused to shake Klitschko's hand. Klitschko said it was a sign of lack of respect from Haye's side. Haye said that he did not want to shake Klitschko's hand, because "he doesn't want to do what Wladimir tells him to do." He said that Klitschko is a control freak who has to know and control what his opponents do. Haye promised that he would win by knockout, that the trash talk was over and that it was down to business, which was also one of the reasons why he didn’t bring his infamous T-shirt. Klitschko asked about the T-shirt and wanted to see it. Haye again referred to Klitschko as a "control freak."[28][29] Haye said that he intended to shake Klitschko's gloves when they are in the ring together, but only because it was the rules. At an interview on Sky, Haye also refused to come into the studio with Klitschko because he said he'd had enough of him, he'd seen too much of him – first in New York, then Hamburg and now in London.[30] At the HBO Face Off, Haye said that you could feel the tension and "almost cut it with a knife". He also thought that Klitschko would punch him during the interview. Yet again Haye refused to shake Klitschko's hand.[31]

A pre-fight news conference was held on June 27 in Hamburg. No new things were said. Haye got up and said that Klitschko was like a robot, and would malfunction on fight night. He said he was happy the fight was happening, because he was just a much better fighter. He also said that he would show a totally new game plan and would not fight like he had done in his other fights. Haye proclaimed that you could play his new iPhone game David Haye's knockout,[32] where you could see what would happen on July 2.[33] Haye's trainer Adam Booth got up to the microphone and only said: "Enjoy", and gave the word to Klitschko's trainer Emanuel Steward. Steward said it was a big fight and he was very happy. He said that he would rate it as the 2nd biggest, only behind Lennox Lewis vs. Mike Tyson.[34] Klitschko said that he did not like Haye's attitude and that he would give him a lesson. He said he respected him as a fighter but not as a person. He promised to knock Haye out and that it would be good for Haye as a person.[35] Vitali Klitschko wanted Haye to promise to be at the post press conference in front of everybody. Haye promised and said that Vitali should promise the same and not go with Wladimir to the ambulance after Haye had knocked him out.[36] There was a scuffle and some punches between the two teams at the staredown, where Klitschko's manager Bernard Bönte wanted to end the staredown early (the previous occasion, it had lasted almost three minutes).[37][38]

On 29 June, a public training session was held at a Mercedes Benz showroom in Hamburg, Germany. The two fighters showed off some skills and punches, while Adam Booth made a short parody on Klitschko.[39][40]

The Haye camp protested the choice of Gino Rodriguez as referee for the fight, because Rodriguez had refereed some of Klitschko's other fights (including his loss to Corrie Sanders). The WBA Sanctioning Bodies then voted for the referee, resulting in favour of Rodriguez.[41]

The weigh in took place on 1 July 2011 at Karstadt Sporthaus, Hamburg.[42] Wladimir Klitschko weighed in at 243 lbs (110 kg). David Haye weighed in at 213 lbs (96 kg) [43]

When being asked about the outcome, Mike Tyson believed Haye had "no chance" of beating Klitschko, while Lennox Lewis was more supportive of Haye, believing that he "has the speed, agility, endurance and strength to do it".[44]

iPhone game


David Haye released a controversial iPhone game, developed by Grubby Hands.[45] The game allows players to decapitate an anonymous Russian heavyweight.[32] A huge controversy was caused by this stunt, especially when David wore a T-shirt showing a decapitated Klitschko at a press conference to promote it.



Wladimir spent most of the fight boxing behind the jab and avoiding exchanges, while Haye attempted to get through with his counterattacks. In the middle rounds, Wladimir's coach Emmanuel Steward urged Wladimir to be more active but not take risks. Klitschko struggled to hit Haye with clean shots but was nonetheless in control for the majority of the fight as Haye was rarely able to close distance; his first moments of success came in the third round, but Haye was unable to replicate that until the twelfth when he staggered Klitschko with an overhand right. Klitschko was deducted a point in the seventh for pushing Haye down, while Haye received a count in the eleventh, presumably because the referee got sick of Haye constantly falling down. The fight went the full twelve rounds, with Klitschko winning by unanimous decision[4] (118–108, 117–109, 116–110), successfully defending the IBF, IBO, WBO and The Ring heavyweight titles, as well as winning the WBA (Super) heavyweight title.[46][44]



With the victory, all major heavyweight titles – WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO and The Ring – were held by the Klitschko brothers: Vitali held the WBC title, while Wladimir held the rest, although observers believed that "the unequal distribution is by no means an indication of the balance of power within the family; it could just as well be the other way around". For the first time in history, all reigning heavyweight champions were brothers. Some also argued that with the victory, the Klitschkos essentially cleaned out the heavyweight division.[47][44]

Both Klitschko and Haye reportedly earned $32 million each for the bout.[48] Haye revealed afterwards that he had a broken toe on his right foot, and claimed that it had hindered his game plan for the fight as he felt he was unable to jump out at Klitschko like he had previously in his career. Haye was subject to much derision and ridicule from within the boxing community and fans after citing his toe as part of the reason why he lost.[49] Despite this Klitschko claims that Haye was unable to fight because he was just too good for him.[50][51]

On 6 October, Klitschko announced his next fight. It was originally to be on 10 December 2011 against the former cruiserweight champion, French Jean-Marc Mormeck. The fight would have had taken place at Esprit Arena, Düsseldorf.[52] It was to be Wladimir's first title defense of the WBA (Super) belt he had won against Haye. However, on 5 December, the fight was cancelled because Wladimir checked into a hospital to have a kidney stone removed. After the removal operation he suffered from fever and inflammation.[53] The fight was rescheduled for 3 March 2012.[54]

On 13 October, Haye announced his retirement from boxing. He stuck to his plans, as he before had said that he would not box after his 31st birthday.[55] However, Vitali Klitschko was in negotiations for a possible bout with former WBA Heavyweight title holder Haye on March 3, 2012.[56][57]

Haye came out of retirement to fight Derek Chisora in a bout sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation in London on 14 July 2012, Haye defeated Chisora by knockout in the 5th Round.

Meanwhile, Klitschko, after beating Haye, went on to achieve another 8 successful defences of his titles until his defeat by Tyson Fury in November 2015.

International broadcasting

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  Austria RTL RTL HD
  Brazil ESPN Brasil
  Bulgaria TV+
  Canada HBO Canada HBO HD
  Croatia Nova TV
  Czech Republic Sport 2
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  Fiji Sky Pacific World PPV
  France Orange Sport Orange Sport HD
  Germany RTL RTL HD
  Hungary Duna TV
  Iceland Stöð 2 Sport
  Ireland Sky Box Office Sky Box Office HD
Sky 3D
  Indonesia RCTI
  Israel Sport +5 LIVE
  Italy Sportitalia 2
  Lithuania Lietuvos ryto TV
  Macedonia Macedonian Radio-Television
  Malaysia Astro SuperSport 2
  Moldova Pro TV
  Netherlands RTL 7 RTL 7 HD
  New Zealand SKY Box Office 201
  Norway Viasat Sport
  Philippines AKTV
  Poland TVP 1 TVP HD
TVP Sport
  Portugal Sport TV 2
  Qatar Al Jazeera Sport 1 Al Jazeera Sport HD1
Al Jazeera Sports +3
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  Russia Russia 2
Sport 1 Sport 1 HD
  Slovakia Sport 2
  Slovenia RTL RTL HD
  Spain Taquilla 1
  South Africa SuperSport SuperSport HD
  Sweden TV10
   Switzerland RTL RTL HD
  Turkey FOX
  Ukraine Inter
  United Kingdom Sky Box Office Sky Box Office HD
Sky 3D
  United States HBO HBO HD


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Preceded by Wladimir Klitschko's bouts
July 2, 2011
Succeeded by
Preceded by David Haye's bouts
July 2, 2011
Succeeded by