By Richard Fletcher
After a war of words lasting nearly three years, the talking is about to stop. On July 2, Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye will meet in the ring to unify three-quarters of the heavyweight championship in front of an expected outdoor crowd of 57,000 at the Imtech Arena in Hamburg.
The fight has attracted unparalleled attention for an event with no American involvement. Much of that is down to Haye, who has sold the bout almost single-handedly, even though some of his promotional stunts have gone way beyond the usual pre-fight hype. Haye, from south London, England, is the betting underdog, but the former cruiserweight champion has shown in the past that he fights best when the odds are against him. He will unquestionably need to again.