Wladimir Klitschko beat David Haye on a unanimous points decision to win their heavyweight unification bout in Hamburg, Germany – but the Englishman claimed a broken toe cost him the bout.
The ringside judges scored the fight 117-109, 118-108 and 116-110 in Klitschko’s favour, with Haye claiming after the fight that he had lost due to a broken toe he sustained in training three weeks previously.
“I broke my toe about three weeks ago,” Haye said quoted by Eurosport, baring his foot in the ring to prove his point. “I didn’t let anyone know that. I’ve been giving it local anaesthetics in the gym… that’s why I stopped sparring. My Hayemaker wasn’t there, I couldn’t push off my right foot to land that shot. It was really frustrating.”
Klitschko was happy to win, but clearly irritated at his failure to land a knockout blow against an opponent whose pre-fight antics clearly riled him.
Haye, the WBA title holder, weighed at 15 stones 3 pounds at Friday’s weigh-in with WBO, IBF and IBO world heavyweight champion Klitschko tipping the scales at 17 stones 5 pounds.