Date set for Haye fight

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David Haye envisages “an army of Brits invading Germany” after his massive unification showdown with Wladimir Klitschko was confirmed for July 2 in Hamburg.

The WBA heavyweight champion finally agreed terms last month to meet IBF/WBO holder Klitschko on either June 25 or July 2, with several venues in contention to stage the bout.

Klitschko’s manager Bernd Boente today confirmed that the 57,000-capacity Imtech Arena in Hamburg, where Klitschko was once based and still enjoys massive support, beat competition from rival German locations and venues in Switzerland and Ukraine.

“It’s great to finally find out the date and venue,” said Londoner Haye, who won the WBC cruiserweight title on away turf in Paris and the WBA heavyweight crown against Nikolay Valuev in Nuremberg, Germany. “I’ve been training for this fight since the end of 2010 and it’s nice to now have a concrete date.”