Ukrainian Vladimir Klitschko is still the master of the heavyweight boxing by becoming world champion version unified WBO, WBA and IBF, after winning the points on the Briton David Haye in Hamburg on Saturday.
Klitschko, 35, has become largely points to the unanimity of the three judges (117-109, 118-108, 116-110). The victory in a rain-soaked football stadium in Hamburg means Klitschko and his older brother, Vitali, hold all three major heavyweight titles.
The 35-year-old Klitschko improved to 56-3 (49 KOs), while Haye dropped to 25-2 (23 KOs). The 30-year-old British fighter’s only previous loss was in 2004, when he was knocked out by countryman Carl Thompson in a cruiserweight fight.
The battle really began in the third recovery where two boxers exchanged blows. In the sixth, Klitschko was slightly cut to the left cheekbone and he took seventh as a warning to have relied heavily and repeatedly on the back of his opponent. But there was more to destabilize the Ukrainian giant, even if this fight was probably one of the most difficult of his career.
Vladimir Klitschko now has 56 wins, 49 by KO in 59 fights. His older brother Vitali, 40, has for its part, the WBC heavyweight title that will challenge Thurs, September 10 against Poland’s Tomasz Adamek. This is the first family of boxing history to hold all the titles in a category.
David Haye, 30, failed to end the reign of Klitschko. He won 26 victories, 23 by KO in 28 fights. “I could not lean on my left leg because I broke a toe in training. It was frustrating,” said Haye, who held the WBA crown since 2009. He was champion WBA, WBC, WBO light-heavyweight.
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