World Boxing Association

Haye-Ruiz on April 3rd

By Julio Thyme 28/01/2010

WBA heavyweight champion David Haye will make the first defence of his title against mandatory challenger and former champ John Ruiz in Manchester, UK on April 3rd. Haye was at a press conference in Manchestee to formally announce the bout. The venue will be The MEN Arena in the city, and Haye is very happy to be fighting there in April. “It’s been ten years since the heavyweight championship has been fought in Britain,” Haye said today. “Everyone knows I had to go to Germany to take the WBA title from Nikolai Valuev. Now it’s time to showcase my skills again in front of the great British public. I’m delighted to have the fight at The MEN Arena. I’ve been there on many nights to watch Ricky Hatton, Joe Calzaghe, even Mike Tyson, and the atmosphere was always tremendous.”