Klitschko vs Haye Weigh In: Wladimir 30 Pounds Heavier Than Challenger

Wladimir Klitschko weighed in at 243 pounds compared to challenger David Haye's 213 for tomorrow's world heavyweight championship fight from Hamburg, Germany.

Here's a photo of Klitschko from Carl Froch's Twitter:

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And here's a shot of Haye from Rachael Cordingley's Twitter:

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The weight is Klitschko's lowest in his last three fights, and follows a career-high weight of 247 pounds on the scales for his September 2010 rematch with Samuel Peter. Haye's 213 pounds is about what was expected, a bit heavier than he was last time against Audley Harrison when he came in at a light 210½ pounds, but comfortably below the 222 pounds he hit last year against John Ruiz, which was obviously a bit too much weight on his frame despite the fact that he dominated the fight.

The weights tell the on-paper story of the fight, for the most part: Wladimir is a big, muscular slugger, and the smaller Haye is expected to have a big speed advantage, so long as he can use it. But keep in mind that David is putting that weight on a supremely-conditioned 6'3" frame, and while Wladimir does have his usual serious size advantage, Haye is no small man.

Haye received great fan support at the weigh-in, with very vocal British fans in attendance and making their presence known in dramatic fashion, heavily booing Klitschko, chanting at him, and cheering Haye on.

We'll continue to have much more on Klitschko vs Haye, leading up to our live, round-by-round coverage on Saturday. Don't forget to check out my preview and prediction of the fight on Bad Left Hook Radio, and our staff will weigh in early tomorrow afternoon, just a couple of hours before the fight.

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