For you boxing fans out there.
Weeks after they concluded their deal for one of the most anticipated fights in boxing, the heavyweight showdown between unified champion Wladimir Klitschko and titleholder David Haye now has a date and venue: July 2 at the Hamburg Imtech Arena in Germany.
The 55,000-seat stadium is the home arena for the German Bundesliga soccer club Hamburger SV.
"We are very glad that this mega-fight will finally come true," Bernd Boente, Klitschko's manager, said Wednesday. "We expect more than 150 TV stations worldwide to show the fight live or on a delay. Klitschko vs. Haye is definitely one of the top highlights in sport."
Most of the television revenue for the fight will come from pay-per-view on Sky Box Office in Haye's native England and from terrestrial network RTL in Germany, where Klitschko, of Ukraine, is a huge star. The fight will air live on HBO in the United States.
The fight was slated for either June 25 or July 2 but depended on which venue they made a deal with. Boente said it wound up going to Hamburg because stadium officials there made the best offer.
"Also, Hamburg is the second-biggest city in Germany after Berlin, so you have a huge potential fan base and the stadium is one a new stadium built just a few years ago," Boente said. "We are sure that because of the city and the stadium that we will have a sellout crowd."
Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs) and Haye (25-1, 23 KOs) have traded trash talk for years, although it was Haye who really got the feud rolling when he famously wore a T-shirt depicting him standing in the ring with the decapitated heads of Klitschko and his older brother, fellow heavyweight titleholder Vitali Klitschko.
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