Friday, January 29, 2010

Haye vs Ruiz Is Official

It's official. The newly crowned WBA champion David "Hayemaker" Haye will have his 1st title defense against former champion and ring veteran John "The Quietman" Ruiz on April 3rd at the The MEN Arena in Manchester, UK.

David Haye has pulled out of 2 fights with the Klitschko's. The 1st fight was supposed to be with Wladimir Klitschko on June 20th, 2009, but Haye pulled out with a injury only to promise new dates to postpone. Klitschko instead fought Chagaev on the original date and won.

The 2nd time was with Wladimir's brother Vitali when negotiations were to the point where the fight was about to be signed only to be foiled by Haye signing to instead fight the WBC Nicolai Valuev.

Haye should win this fight to line up a potential fight with the Klitschko's, but I wouldn't be too surprised if Ruiz pulls off the upset.

The British channel Sky Sports is going to make this a pay-per-view event charging approx £15.00 (around $30.00) for the fight. The question is will the public be interested in seeing Haye fight Ruiz which has been in a few snore fests in the past which the public most likely will not have forgotten.

Haye Quotes

"It's been ten years since the heavyweight championship has been fought in Britain. Everyone knows I had to go to Germany to take the [WBA] title from Nikolai Valuev. Now it's time to showcase my skills again in front of the great British public. I'm delighted to have the fight at The MEN Arena. I've been there on many nights to watch Ricky Hatton, Joe Calzaghe, even Mike Tyson, and the atmosphere was always tremendous."

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