The WBA heavyweight title will be up for grabs when cocky Brit boxer David Haye meets reigning champion Nikolai Valuev on the evening of Saturday, November 7 in Nürnberg, Germany, with the match-up to be broadcast worldwide on Pay Per View channels.
The title fight will be shown on iNDEMAND, TVN and Direct TV in the USA, Viewer's Choice in Canada, on ARD in Germany, Sky Box Office in the UK, TV2 Sport in Denmark, PolSat Sport in Poland and also W9 on TNT in France. The pre-match programme starts at 9 pm central European time (8 pm GMT, 3 PM Eastern Time, or 12 PM Pacific Time).
Haye made the step up to heavyweight after securing belts for the WBA, WBC and WBO cruiserweight titles in 2007 and 2008. Currently ranked 4th in the division, he boasts career 22 wins from 23, and a stunning 21 of those came by way of a knockout. The challenger has said that this fight will be no different from any other - despite Valuev standing at 7ft tall, Haye will be going for a knockout once again.
Valuev, meanwhile, holds 50 wins from 52 professional fights, and is known alternatively as "The Beast from the East" and "The Russian Bear" due to his size and appearance. Promoter Don King recently described Valuev as a giant man with a giant heart, philosophical and intuitive both in and out of the boxing ring, and Valuev himself appears unphased by Haye's pre-match banter.
Ticketing website worldticketshop.com is selling passes for the heavyweight fight night with prices starting from €149 ($222 / £134) for arena views and rising to €499 ($743 / €450) for premier ringside seating.