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David Haye vows to knock out Wladimir Klitschko

Wladimir Klitschko (left) and David Haye (right)
Klitschko and Haye will fight for three belts in the summer

WBA heavyweight champion David Haye has pledged to knock out IBF and WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko when they fight in Germany in the summer.

The British fighter is set to take on the Ukrainian in a football stadium on either 25 June or 2 July.

"I just can't wait for that first bell to ring so I can run across the ring to stick one on his chin," Haye, 30, told BBC Radio 5 live.

Haye added: "Wladimir Klitschko is getting violently knocked out."

Despite Haye's apparent confidence, British bookmakers rate Klitschko the favourite, and the Londoner knows he will face a battle.

"He's considered by a lot of people who aren't big fans of mine to be number one in the heavyweight division," Haye told 5 live.

"He holds the IBF and WBO titles. I'm obviously the WBA champion and once and for all we are going to get in the ring and decide who's the best.

"Wladimir's been knocked out a couple of times before. I'm looking at reminding him about his chin and reminding him that he is human."

Haye ----- Klitschko
30 --- Age --- 34
6' 3" - Height 6' 6½"
78" -- Reach - 81"
25 --- Fights - 55
24 --- Won -- 52
23 --- KO --- 49
1 ---- Lost --- 3

The on-off saga of whether Haye would fight Wladimir, or elder brother Vitali - the WBC champion - has been running for more than a year.

A crucial obstacle was removed on Saturday when Klitschko withdrew from his bout against Britain's Dereck Chisora, which had been scheduled for 30 April.

Haye said the deal to fight in Germany was finalised on Saturday night.

"I've signed on the dotted line, I'm ready to go to war and bring those titles back to Britain," said the boxer, who is nicknamed The Hayemaker.

"I was always adamant that as we are both champions we would get a 50-50 split, even though I put more into the pot. A 50-50 split is fair and that's all I wanted.

"He tried to duck and dive but, at the end of the day, he's realised that 50% of the money we generate is four or five times what would be generated by anybody else.

"In boxing, money talks and it has done on this occasion and we've finally got the fight that the world wants to see. It came about by agreeing with a lot of his terms.

"He was not willing to come and fight in England, he's not that type of character, whereas I have won all my titles on foreign soil.

"I went to France to win the cruiserweight championship of the world, and went to Germany to fight the 7ft 2in Russian Nikolai Valuev."

I have the heart of a lion, whereas Wladimir has the heart of a hyena

David Haye

The fight against Wladimir will be Haye's first for seven months following his controversial defeat of fellow Brition Audley Harrison.

Haye won after a third-round stoppage against an opponent who landed only one blow.

But Haye insists, despite the break, that he will be in prime condition for his next encounter.

"It wasn't a competitive fight," said Haye of the Harrison contest. "This guy has got some skills. He's nice and strong.

"Wladimir Klitschko is big. He's 6ft 7in. He's a monster of a man and he will get the same treatment that Nikolai Valuev got. He got rocked really badly in that last round and had never been hurt before.

"I'm just looking forward to getting out to Germany and ripping these titles off him and getting back home.

"I've been in Miami for a couple of months training. I'm already in decent shape.

"I've always tried to push the boundaries and ensure I'm in better condition and it'll be no different with this fight.

"Wladimir is a great specimen of a human being. He is very athletic, very fast, very coordinated for a big man so I need to be on my A-game.

"I can't go out there half-hearted, I've got to be in perfect condition and I know how to get myself there.

"I consider Wladimir a better fighter than Valuev, he's more adaptable."

Victory over Wladimir could pave the way for a swansong bout against the Ukrainian's brother, Vitali.

"I've set my retirement date for my 31st birthday, which is October 13th, and said I would have two more fights before then," he said.

"In an ideal world, I would get rid of Wladimir and then hopefully his brother stays unbeaten and I can fight his big brother afterwards."

Speaking later on his official website Haye threw more verbal blows at his forthcoming opponent.

"This is an inevitable fight with an inevitable conclusion. Wladimir Klitschko is getting violently knocked out," said Haye.

He added: "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, and he has admitted that fact in the past. Unfortunately for him, I am a fighter that loves nothing more than fighting.

"I have the heart of a lion, whereas Wladimir has the heart of a hyena. He cries and squeals and slips into the wilderness at the first sign of danger."

see also
Haye to fight Wladimir in summer
06 Mar 11 |  Boxing
Klitschko cancels Chisora fight
05 Mar 11 |  Boxing
Haye wants Wladimir bout in July
03 Mar 11 |  Boxing
Haye stops Harrison to keep title
13 Nov 10 |  Boxing

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