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Klitschko-Haye Finally Official

123190_lg_mediumAccording to Dan Rafael at ESPN, after months of on-again, off-again drama, David Haye and Wladimir Klitschko have finally agreed to terms to fight each other on June 20.  This has been brewing for a long time now, and if the fight has half as much drama as the negotiations, then this should be a fight to remember. While the location of the fight isn't official, it most likely will be in Germany, after rumors of the fight being anywhere from Kiev to an outdoor soccer stadium in the UK.  HBO will carry the fight, though there's no word whether it will be on regular HBO or Pay Per View. 

Klitschko currently holds two of the four heavyweight trinkets, and is the consensus #1 heavyweight in the world.  Haye is a former unified and lineal cruiserweight champion who is moving up for a shot at greater glory.

One other interesting wrinkle is that K2 promotions, promoter for Klitschko, will have two options on Haye should Haye win the fight.  This pretty much guarantees that his next fight would be against big brother Vitali, which would lead to some much-needed unification in the heavyweight division.

Personally, I'm thrilled that this fight has finally come off.  Not only do we get to see a guaranteed knockout, but this was one of the few meaningful and potentially interesting matchups left in the heavyweight division.  Yes, Haye is untested in the heavyweight ranks, but it's been a long time since Klitschko has been tested against someone who is both quick and can punch.  Klitschko has been down many times in his career, including a knockout loss to a journeyman and two other knockout losses to then fringe contenders.  Haye has been down by the hands of a former super middleweight and has been knocked down in two of his last three fights.  Both have huge power, and I can't see this fight ending any way other than a brutal kayo.


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