3 Jul 2011

Ukrainian clinches world heavyweight boxing titles

1:00 pm on 3 July 2011

The Ukrainian boxer Vladimir Klitschko has become the clear world heavyweight champion after beating Britain's David Haye unanimously on points in a much-hyped bout in Hamburg.

Klitschko now holds the IBF, WBO and WBA belts, thanks to a convincing victory over former WBA champion Haye.

In front of 45,000 fans, including an estimated 10,000 fellow Britons, Haye was outboxed and outmuscled over 12 rounds.

He had promised a new game-plan for the fight but was unable to bypass his opponent's ramrod jab to get off shots of his own.

He claimed afterwards that he'd been hampered by a broken toe in his right foot.

As Klitschko's brother Vitali is the WBC champion, the two brothers now hold all four of the major world titles. They have refused to fight each other for fear of upsetting their mother.

It was Haye's first defeat since 2004 and his first as a heavyweight. His career record is now 25 wins and two defeats, while Klitschko, who has not lost since 2004, improves to 56 wins and three defeats.