- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 2, 2009

LONDON (AP) - IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will defend his titles against David Haye on June 20.

The fight looks certain to be held in Germany, where Klitschko and his brother Vitali are based, broadcaster Setanta said Thursday.

Haye has had only one fight as a heavyweight, knocking out Monte Barrett in five rounds in November. But the British former cruiserweight champion has now lined up a world title fight he has been chasing for more than a year.

“I’m so pleased we’ve finally managed to get this fight on after weeks of negotiations,” said Haye, who is also chasing Vitali Klitschko’s WBC belt. “(Wladimir) Klitschko’s last opponents were cowards and I will knock him out and take his belts back to my hometown London.

“That’s not all, I will also go and get Vitali’s belt. None of them can stop me. The new world heavyweight champion will soon be David Haye.”

Wladimir Klitschko said he expected Haye to start taunting him now that the fight has finally been arranged.

“I am used to being attacked by my opponents before a fight, but David is top of the list of crudity,” the Ukrainian said. “He has to pay the price for it and I promise it will be painful.”

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