Wladimir Klitschko’s 10 best wins

We list Wladimir Klitschko's biggest triumphs

1. W UD 12 David Haye [2011]

ONE of the biggest heavyweight fights in years ended up as a one-sided drubbing as Klitschko dominated Haye over 12 rounds in front of a raucous crowd at the Imtech Arena in Hamburg, Germany.

The WBA champion at the time, Haye had long pursued a fight with IBF and WBO ruler Klitschko, though the bout had fallen through in the past after the Brit pulled out with an injury. After several promotional videos, in one of which Klitschko openly called Haye out and branded him a “b****”, a t-shirt depicting Haye decapitating Klitschko and his older brother Vitali, and even an iPhone app, the fight finally came to fruition.

Though he was an underdog, Haye was considered the biggest threat to Klitschko’s reign given his speed and power. Hundreds of millions tuned in around the world to watch it, including over 40% of Ukraine’s entire population.

After some cagey opening stages, the fight quickly fell into a groove of Haye falling short with his assaults while Klitschko pinned him down with his ramrod jab and occasionally unsheathing his clubbing right hand. As the rounds progressed, Wladimir grew in confidence and began throwing right hand leads, even forcing Haye to take a count in the 11th, though it looked more like a slip than a legitimate knockdown.

The Ukrainian giant was awarded a wide decision victory but his celebrations were marred by Haye’s absurd broken toe excuse.


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