HAMBURG, Germany (AP)—Wladimir Klitschko won a unanimous decision over David Haye, adding the WBA title to his heavyweight haul on Saturday.
The victory in a rain-soaked football stadium in Hamburg means Klitschko and his older brother, Vitali, hold all three major heavyweight titles.
Wladimir already had the IBF title (and minor WBO, IBO belts), while Vitali was the WBC champion.
Klitschko dominated almost from the opening bell against Haye—a smaller fighter who took few chances—winning for the 14th straight time and improving to 17-2 in title fights. But he never knocked Haye down in a bout that did not live up to its advance hype.
“He was scared to fight me,” Klitschko said. “I was expecting more of a challenge in the ring, but he was super defensive.”
All three judges gave it to Klitschko, scoring the 12-round showdown 117-109, 118-108 and 116-110.
The 35-year-old Klitschko improved to 56-3 (49 KOs), while Haye dropped to 25-2 (23 KOs). The 30-year-old British fighter’s only previous loss was in 2004, when he was knocked out by countryman Carl Thompson in a cruiserweight fight.
Haye, who stirred most of the hype with often crass trash-talking, said he hurt a toe on his right foot in training three weeks ago and lost some of his explosive power because of it.