I don’t talk boxing much on the site, but that’s mainly because there’s very little going on in the sport that interests me at all. Usually when something does, it’s of the negative variety like when Antonio Margarito was caught loading his gloves. And if I tried to cover all the sketchy shit that went on in boxing, there wouldn’t be much time for MMA.
But in this case there’s something happening in boxing that’s actually interesting. In June, David Haye will be taking on heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko. This is a big deal because Haye is exciting and awesome while Klitschko embodies all the reasons why most people think boxing sucks testicles nowadays.
And unlike America where boxing fans only continue to exist in very specific financial or ethnic situations, everyone in Europe still enjoys a good super-scrap from time to time:
Wladimir Klitschko’s defense of his heavyweight title against David Haye on June 20 will be staged at Schalke’s soccer stadium, which has a capacity of more than 60,000.
The arena in Gelsenkirchen, where Schalke plays its Bundesliga matches, seats 61,673 for soccer matches and has a retractable roof that can be closed in 20 minutes. It will be the first fight to be staged there.
“I’ve always wanted to fight in a football stadium before such a large audience,” said Klitschko, who holds both the IBF and WBO titles.
Bernd Boente, managing director of Klitschko’s management group, called it one of the “most attractive and modern” stadiums in Europe, a “gigantic arena.”
Haye is a British former cruiserweight world champion who could win the heavyweight title in only his second fight at that class.
I know I’ll probably have my heart broken by boxing again with this event, but I figure you have to give the sport another chance from time to time. Who knows, maybe we’ll get at least one ‘holy shit’ moment out of it. Okay, maybe not. But I’ll consider it a good night regardless so long as Haye wins.