WBA Heavyweight Champion David"Hayemaker" Haye (25-1, 23 KOs) arrived this week in Miami, Fl to train for his much anticipated heavyweight showdown with IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir "Dr. Steelhammer" Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs) that will take place this summer June 25th or July 2nd, most likely in Germany.
Haye will be training in Miami Beach at the recently reopened world famous 5th Street Gym were Chris Dundee and his brother Angelo Dundee made the gym a world famous attraction once it opened in the 1950s. Such boxing greats and legends as Arche Moore, Carmen Basilio, Willie Pep, Sonny Liston, Mahammad Ali, and Roberto Duran, trained at the gym.
Haye has stated that he has seen images were Wladimir Klitschko trains in a five-star luxury spa resort in the Austrian Alps and that "there doesn't seem to be much soul there, but the gym I train at in Miami has history and soul to it."
Haye plans to spend six to seven weeks conditioning and training in Miami Beach and then head back to London for the remainder of training and sparring.He feels that the diversity in locations and privacy in Miami helps, he doesn't have the distractions of back home, and can train hard and prepare for his fight against Klitschko.
Haye admits that training in the Miami heat and running on the beach is more motivational then training in the pouring rain while in England.
Haye is no stranger to training in Miami he has been training on and off in Miami since 2006. He has stated that he has "a good history with Miami and has never lost a fight which he prepared for in Miami."
On fight night Haye hopes to give Klitschko "problems, angles, and speed that he has never encountered before."
While in Miami Haye also plans to seek advice from Lennox Lewis which has a home in Miami. Lewis defeated Vitali Klitschko in 2003 and was trained throughout his career by Wladimir Klitschko's trainer Manny Steward.