Wladimir Klitschko jabs his way to win over David Haye
British boxer blames a broken little toe after he was beaten on points by Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg
Wladimir Klitschko easily outpointed David Haye in a one-sided heavyweight unification clash in rain-soaked Hamburg on Saturday night.
All three judges gave the fight to Klitschko on a night in which Haye was unable to get past his opponent’s jab and defensive stance.
The fight was scored 117-109, 118-108 and 116-110 in Klitschko’s favour and he now holds the WBA, WBC and IBF belts and is the undisputed heavyweight champion.
Having lost his belt and revealed that he had broken his toe in the build-up to the fight, there are now doubts over whether Haye will fight again before retiring in October.
“I felt I could get past his shots, I felt I could make him pay, but I couldn’t push off my right leg, I broke my toe about three weeks ago,” Haye said afterwards.
“I’ve been giving it local anaesthetics in the gym on hitting the mitts, that’s why I stopped sparring a lot earlier than I would have done. I didn’t let anybody know.
“I’ll show you my toe now – it’s busted. I couldn’t explode. My Hayemaker wasn’t there. I couldn’t push off my right foot and land that shot.
“It was really frustrating. There’s nothing worse than seeing his chin there, trying to throw it and falling short because I couldn’t explode.”
The bout was not dominated by either fighter, but it soon fell into the usual pattern of clashes involving Klitschko: an uneventful, low punching encounter dominated by the Ukrainian’s jab and booming right hand.
Haye was unable to get near his opponent and was forced to lunge widely from distance and rarely landed his fabled “hayemaker” right hand.
As a result, Klitschko jabbed and prodded his way to an obvious unanimous decision.
In the pre-fight build up, Haye had promised to make to the contest more competitive than the majority of Klitschko’s fights and to finish it before the final bell.
However, he too fell victim to Klitschko’s size and usual dominance, only showing glimpses of the talent that saw him labelled as the Ukrainian’s toughest opponent to date.
The referee, Genaro Rodriguez, had been called into question by Haye’s camp before the fight, and trainer Adam Booth was visibly seething afterwards when Haye was given a standing eight count after being pushed to the floor by Klitschko in round 11.
“I’m disgusted with the referee, absolutely disgusted with the referee,” he said. “I haven’t got a problem with decision I’ve got a problem with the referee.”
Haye, a former undisputed cruiserweight champion, saw his record fall to 25 wins and two defeats, while Klitschko moved to 56 wins and three defeats.