After years of trash talk and negotiations the time for talking was over. It happened at about 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, but it was 11:00 PM in Germany when Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye were finally inside the same boxing ring. It was a nearly two year wait for Haye and Wladimir Klitschko to get inside the ring and it was the most hyped Heavyweight Boxing bout since Lennox Lewis battled Mike Tyson in 2002.
The fight was preceded by months, perhaps even years of trash talk; mainly from the David Haye camp. Finally, as Wladimir put it, it was time for the brash Brit to “put up or shut up.” The fight itself was a title unification super-fight that took place at the outdoor Imtech Arena Stadium, home to German soccer club Hamburger SV. The fight was set to have David Haye defend his WBA Heavyweight Title against Klitschko’s IBF, WBO and RING Magazine Heavyweight belts.
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