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David Haye fell short in his attempt to unify the heavyweight division as he was beaten on points by Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg.
In front of 45,000 fans, including an estimated 10,000 fellow Brits, Haye was outboxed and outmuscled by his rival for 12 rounds.
The three judges scored the fight 117-109, 118-108 and 116-110, all in Klitschko’s favour.
The nature of the fight and the outcome was particularly disappointing given Haye’s confident demeanour and various pronouncements beforehand, although he claimed afterwards he had broken a toe in his right foot.
Haye had labelled Klitschko a fraud and promised to inject new life into the heavyweight division but he was given a boxing lesson by Klitschko, who added Haye’s WBA belt to the IBF and WBO straps he already held.
In monsoon conditions, many of the most expensive seats were vacant until minutes before the opening bell, open as they were to the elements at the Imtech Arena.
The 30-year-old Haye did not enter the football stadium on cue, presumably because he did not want to be left waiting in a chilly ring, meaning the fight started 25 minutes later than planned.
Original article appeared on BBC Sport; http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/boxing/14004150