David Haye

David Deron Haye (born 13 October 1980) is a British former professional boxer who competed from 2002 to 2018. He held multiple world championships in two weight classes, and was the first British boxer to reach the final of the World Amateur Boxing Championships, where he won a silver medal in 2001.

As a professional, Haye became a unified cruiserweight world champion in 2008, winning three of the four major world titles, as well as the Ring magazine and lineal titles. In the same year he moved up to heavyweight, winning the WBA title in 2009 after defeating Nikolai Valuev, who had a size advantage of 9 inches (23 cm) in height and 99 pounds (45 kg) in weight over Haye. Along with Evander Holyfield, Haye is one of only two boxers in history to have unified the cruiserweight world titles and become a world heavyweight champion.

In 2008, Haye founded his own boxing promotional firm, Hayemaker Promotions.

David Haye
David Haye
Haye vs. Ismail Abdoul, 2006
Real nameDavid Deron Haye
Nickname(s)The Hayemaker
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)[1]
Reach78 in (198 cm)[1]
Born13 October 1980 (age 38)
Bermondsey, London,
Boxing record
Total fights32
Wins by KO26

Early life and education

Haye grew up among the town houses of the Peabody Estate, near the Tate Modern Gallery and around the corner from the South Bank tourist attraction, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.[2] Haye went to school at Bacon's College. His College principal Tony Perry remembers Haye as a 'very athletic, very smart young man'. Haye started his ambition and passion for boxing at old-school boxing gym Fitzroy Lodge Boxing Club in Lambeth, South London, where he quickly impressed and confidently won his first amateur bouts. Mick Carney, who ran the gym where Haye began training from 10 years old, said of him: "He could whack as a kid. I think he chinned about three kids. But that made it really hard to get him matches. When you've got three first-round knockouts on your card everybody runs for the hills." Of his upbringing, he described Haye as "a lovely kid. He comes from a beautiful, loving family. He wasn't on the streets. He went to school, came to the gym, went home. His family bestowed love and affection on him. Bermondsey might have been bad, but he, his brother and his sister were nice people from a nice family."[2]

Amateur career

At the age of eighteen, Haye competed in the light-heavyweight division at the 1999 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Houston, Texas. He knocked out then-ABA light-heavyweight champion Courtney Fry, but missed out on the 2000 Sydney Olympics after a controversial defeat in the qualifier in which he was eliminated by experienced American Michael Simms early in the contest.

At the 2001 World Championshsips in Belfast, Haye fought in the heavyweight division where he defeated Sebastian Köber to reach the final. In this bout he managed to score a standing eight count against Odlanier Solís, but was later stopped by the Cuban in round three to earn a silver medal.

Haye's amateur record was 83-13.[3]

Professional career

Early career at cruiserweight

Based in Bermondsey, Haye turned professional in December 2002, aged 22. In his first fight he defeated by way of knockout, Hull-based Tony Booth.[4] In 2003 he won fights, two of which were the only fights he has fought in the United States. He won all by knockouts, the most notable being a fourth-round KO of Lolenga Mock, in which Haye had to come off the floor to win.

Haye's fights were regularly seen on the BBC and his popularity began to grow in 2004, when he dispatched the 39-year-old ex-world champion "King" Arthur Williams in three rounds.[5]

Haye vs. Thompson

Later that year, in his eleventh pro fight, he fought 40-year-old former WBO champion Carl Thompson in a 'youth vs. experience' match-up. Haye started fast and alarmingly caught Thompson with constant barrages of power punches, coming close to forcing a stoppage at numerous points over the first few rounds.

Gradually, despite the early punishment he received, Thompson warmed up and worked his way into the fight whilst Haye seemed to tire and slow down. Thompson began to pressure Haye and knocked Haye down with a chopping right hand in round 5. With seven seconds left in the round, Thompson landed two jabs followed by a flush right hand which cleanly caught a fatigued Haye, and compelled Haye's corner to throw in the towel; Haye was leading on all 3 score cards before the stoppage.[6][7]

European champion

Haye returned against Estonian Valery Semishkur, winning by TKO in round 1, then defeated Garry Delaney by a third-round TKO. Following two more fights against Glen Kelly and Vincenzo Rossitto, Haye faced Alexander Gurov for the EBU cruiserweight championship. Haye easily knocked out Gurov with a single right hand in just 45 seconds.[8][9]

Haye vs. Fragomeni

In January 2006, Haye signed a three-year contract with former Lennox Lewis promoter Frank Maloney to further his world title ambitions. He successfully defended his EBU title against Ismail Abdoul in a lopsided 12-round decision.[10] He defeated Giacobbe Fragomeni, when he dramatically broke through the Italian's defences in the ninth round, finally flooring his man in a flurry of punches. Haye had waited seven years for the opportunity to defeat Fragomeni, who controversially out-pointed him as an amateur in the final qualifying tournament for the Sydney Games.[11]

Haye's cameo at heavyweight in April 2007 resulted in an impressive first-round KO win over Polish fighter Tomasz Bonin,[12] who at the time was ranked No. 9 by the WBC and had only one loss, against Audley Harrison. Haye admitted he was taking "a crazy step up" when he fought world-ranked heavyweight Bonin at Wembley Arena. Haye said in a post fight interview "If you asked me when I was three years old, I'd say I'm going to be the heavyweight champion of world. I never said cruiserweight. It's what I wanted to do since I can remember. I always wanted to be the main man in boxing. I want everyone to recognise I can beat every other boxer in the world. That's why I'm fighting the guy I'm fighting. I really want to prove to everyone I am the man."[13]

Unified cruiserweight champion

Haye vs. Mormeck

Haye challenged Jean-Marc Mormeck (33-3, 22 KOs) on 10 November 2007 for the WBA, WBC, The Ring and lineal cruiserweight titles.[14] During the bout Haye unleashed a frightening combination made up of a right upper cut, left, then right hook to floor Mormeck. The technical knockout was all the more remarkable after Haye was put on the canvas in the fourth round. The win meant Haye became Britain's sixth world champion. "I worked my way back into the fight and showed great heart," Seventeen weeks of hard work have paid off. Haye defeated Mormeck by knockout in the seventh round.[15] The victory confirmed Haye's arrival as a genuine world class fighter. At this point Haye made his initial mark on history as Britain's first two-belt cruiserweight champion.[16]

The Mormeck fight was expected to be Haye's last fight in the cruiserweight division. However Haye would be tempted into a unification cruiserweight bout for the most lucrative fight of his career.

Haye vs. Maccarinelli

Haye and Enzo Maccarinelli (28-1, 21 KOs) met in an all-British world cruiserweight title fight, in the early hours of 9 March 2008 at O2 Arena in London. Haye's WBA, WBC, and The Ring titles were at stake, while Maccarinelli's WBO title was on the line. British trade paper Boxing News produced a pullout special on the match, which was widely billed as the biggest all-British bout since Chris Eubank met Nigel Benn. As both fighters are hard punchers with excellent KO records, a short fight was predicted.[17] These predictions proved to be correct, as Haye knocked out Maccarinelli in the second round of the contest. Commenting on the fight and of the prospect of working again with Frank Warren, Maccarinelli's promoter, Haye said, "We thank Frank for sacrificing Maccarinelli, but we'd feel immense guilt if we took any more free money from Sports Network. I have a hard enough time sleeping at night as it is."[18]


Haye described the victory over Maccarinelli as "the final piece" in his cruiserweight jigsaw. Haye then defeated heavyweight Monte Barrett at The O2 Arena in London on 15 November 2008, winning via TKO in the fifth round.[19]

WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko confirmed he would defend his title in a fight with Haye to take place on 20 June 2009, at Stamford Bridge in London. Instead, his younger brother, WBO, IBO and IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko agreed to fight Haye the same date in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Haye pulled out of the fight with a back injury.[20]

WBA heavyweight champion

Haye vs. Valuev

Haye then confirmed that he would meet the WBA champion Nikolay Valuev (50-1, 34 KOs) on 7 November 2009 in the Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg, Germany. Haye's former trainer Adam Booth said it was a fight that Valuev wanted; it was billed as David and Goliath.[21] Haye weighed in at 217 pounds, almost 100 pounds less than his opponent. Haye said about Valuev: "He is the ugliest thing I have ever seen. I have watched Lord of the Rings and films with strange-looking people, but for a human being to look like he does is pretty shocking."[22]

Haye beat Valuev in a reserved display of accuracy and efficiency, countering Valuev's misses, jabbing and circling his much larger opponent.[23] Haye came close to knocking out Valuev in the final round with a hard left hand, which made Valuev stumble. Haye won a majority decision with scores of 114–114, 116–112, and 116–112.[24] Haye is the first and currently only boxer in the history of the sport to be seven stone or more lighter than an opponent in a world title fight and still come out victorious. The fight garnered 469,000 buys on Sky Sports Box Office.[25]

Haye vs. Ruiz

On 26 January 2010, former WBA champion John Ruiz was announced as Haye's first title defence on 3 April at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester live on Sky Box Office. Ruiz, ranked as the number 1 contender by the WBA was initially in line to fight Valuev, however agree to step aside. Ruiz was unhappy at the fight being staged in the UK and not Las Vegas, as he thought it would be. Ruiz did not show up at the official press conference.[26][27] Haye defeated Ruiz in his first WBA title defence by TKO in the ninth round after knocking Ruiz down four times during the fight. This was only the second time Ruiz had been stopped, after being knocked out in round one by David Tua fourteen years prior to facing Haye. After the fight, Haye immediately called on both Klitschko brothers, after claiming their recent challengers Eddie Chambers and Chris Arreola were "a disgrace to boxing."[28][29]

Haye vs. Harrison

It was confirmed on 7 September 2010 that Haye would fight Audley Harrison on 13 November 2010 at the Manchester Arena. The press conference for the bout became heated, leading to the two fighters swearing at each other on live television.[30] On 13 November 2010, Haye defeated Harrison with one minute, seven seconds remaining of the third round by TKO. Southpaw Harrison landed one punch during the entire fight, out of 32 thrown. He staggered to his feet after being knocked down, only for Haye to immediately pounce right back on him, hitting him with another flurry of punches. The referee intervened and ended the bout.[31] The fight was bought by 223,000 households in the UK on Sky Box Office.[25]

Haye's plans to unify the heavyweight division took a major setback in January 2011 when it was revealed that Tomas Adamek would fight one of the Klitschko brothers in September 2011,[32] before his planned retirement in October of that year. However, in April 2011, it was announced that Haye and Wladimir Klitschko had agreed to meet at the Imtech Arena in Hamburg on 2 July 2011.[33]

Haye vs. Wladimir Klitschko

Wladimir Klitschko versus David Haye was a heavyweight unification fight for the WBA, IBF, WBO and The Ring heavyweight titles, the fight taking place at the Imtech Arena, Hamburg, Germany on 2 July 2011[34][35][36] This was the only heavyweight unification fight since Wladimir Klitschko and Sultan Ibragimov fought back in 2008, when Wladimir Klitschko beat Ibragimov and added his WBO title to his IBF title. The fight reached a global television audience of 500 million viewers in 150 countries.[37][38][39] Klitschko defeated Haye by a unanimous decision to become the unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and The Ring heavyweight champion.[40][41] Haye had a broken toe that inhibited him from pushing off his back foot during the fight, and showed little or none of his usual explosiveness in the ring. The official scores were 118–108, 117–109, and 116–110, which were all in favour of Klitschko.[42]

Retirement talks and return

BBC chief Charlie Smith told The Sun on 11 October 2011 that David Haye had informed him that he would not be renewing his boxing licence, thus retiring from the sport.[43] Haye has had a long-standing plan to retire early. After the Harrison fight Haye said his plans to retire before he is 31 had not altered: "I will have achieved what I wanted to achieve – undisputed cruiserweight champion, unify the heavyweight division and then call it a day." In December 2010, during the negotiations to fight Wladimir Klitschko, Haye said if the fight did not happen, "I'll just have to accept that becoming the WBA champion was enough and move on with my life. That'll be 20 years of getting punched in the face, which is a long enough time. I set my goals and achieved them so unifying the titles is the cherry on the cake but if it doesn't happen it wasn't meant to be and I've just got to get on with my life".[44]

Vitali Klitschko negotiations

Haye put retirement on hold and was in negotiations for a possible bout with WBC heavyweight title holder Vitali Klitschko on 3 March 2012.[45] However, Klitschko went on to schedule a fight with Dereck Chisora on 18 February 2012, which he won by decision. Following the fight there was a fracas between Chisora and Haye, who had attended as a spectator, leading to speculation that Haye might come out of retirement to fight Chisora. However, on 21 February, Haye confirmed that he would only come out of retirement to fight Klitschko.[46] On 8 May, Haye signed on to face Dereck Chisora on 14 July.

Haye vs. Chisora

Haye attended the 2012 WBC heavyweight title fight in which Vitali Klitschko defeated Dereck Chisora. Following the fight, Haye began heckling the post-fight press conference, leading to a violent brawl with Chisora and his entourage. Klitschko's manager Bernd Boente said "with the bad experience we've had with British fighters we will now look for other countries". He then told Haye from the dais "You had an offer, you didn't accept it, now you are out. You are out. You cannot talk yourself back into the fight, you have no belts." Chisora then called out Haye, but Haye dismissed Chisora as "a loser".

Chisora taunted Haye by asking him "How's your toe David? How's your toe?".[47] Chisora challenged Haye to tell him that to his face and approached Haye sparking a melee with Haye throwing the first punch with what appeared to be a glass bottle in his hand, as the brawl progressed Haye was seen swinging a camera tripod. After order was restored, a furious Chisora stated multiple times that he would "shoot" David Haye and claimed Haye "glassed" him. Haye's former manager Adam Booth emerged from the fracas with a facial wound and Chisora suggested to Booth that Haye hit him with a bottle by mistake while Booth insisted it was one of Chisora's entourage that had hit him with a bottle . During an interview at the Chisora vs. Haye press conference Booth was asked "how did you end up with a cut on your head?" to which he replied "David hit me with a tripod" but also added "he bought me a new S-Class Mercedes as an apology".[48][49]

On 8 May 2012, Haye and his promotion team announced that he would fight against Dereck Chisora at Boleyn Ground, Upton Park, London on 14 July 2012.[50] The announcement caused controversy as neither held a British Boxing Licence, and so had agreed a licence deal with the Luxembourg Boxing Association. Seen as a direct attempt to undermine the British Boxing Board of Control, it meant that fights could take place in Britain even if a boxer was facing disciplinary action.

Haye won the fight with a fifth round stoppage in front of over 40,000 spectators. Knocked to the floor in the fifth round, receiving a count of eight, Chisora recovered only to be floored again in the same round. Referee Luis Pabon decided Chisora was unable to continue signalling the end of the contest.[51]

Tyson Fury talks and fallout

David haye wimble
Haye at Wimbledon, 2014

Haye was due to fight Manuel Charr at Manchester Arena on 29 June 2013.[52] However, the fight was called off because Haye had suffered an injury.[53] Haye later arranged a fight with Tyson Fury at the same venue on 28 September 2013.[54] However, a week before the fight, David Haye sustained a cut to the head which required several stitches, so yet again the fight was postponed. It was originally rescheduled for 8 February 2014.[55] However Haye dropped out of the fight on 17 November 2013 after shoulder surgery. Fury meanwhile, believed that Haye was making excuses because he didn't want the fight, with Fury himself saying "I'm absolutely furious but in all honesty this is exactly what I expected. Everyone knows I was very suspicious when he pulled out the first time and this confirms to me that he's always been afraid of me and never wanted this fight." Aside from training camp expenses, Haye also cost Fury his positions in the world rankings including an IBF final eliminator bout which would have made him mandatory for a shot at the world title.[56] Although doctors advised Haye to retire from boxing, he never officially announced his retirement.[57]

Heavyweight comeback

In 2015, Haye switched trainers from Adam Booth to Shane McGuigan, son of WBA featherweight champion Barry McGuigan.[58]

Haye vs. de Mori

On 24 November 2015, Haye and his new promotion and management team, Salter Brothers Entertainment, announced his comeback fight against WBA #10 ranked heavyweight Mark de Mori.[59] The fight took place on 16 January 2016 (marketed by Salter Brothers Entertainment as "Haye Day") at the O2 Arena in London, and was Haye's first fight in more than three years since stopping Dereck Chisora in 2012. Coming into the fight, Australian De Mori had lost only once in 33 career bouts and 26 of his 29 victories had come via knockout, albeit against limited opposition. It was announced on 6 January 2016 that Haye and the Salter Brothers had struck a deal for the comeback fight to be shown on free-to-air entertainment channel Dave, the largest non-PSB broadcaster in the UK and the channel's first ever live sport broadcast. Haye commented on the broadcast deal, stating: "I'm looking forward to putting on a great show for the fans on 'Haye Day' at The O2 on January 16 and I'm delighted that my first fight in three-and-a-half years is going to be available free to air on Dave, giving as many people as possible the chance to watch my comeback. I was determined to make this comeback fight free to everybody and fans should sit back and get ready for another fun-fuelled ride as I look to regain the heavyweight championship of the world."[60] In a world's first, Salter Brothers Entertainment also partnered with YouTube to live-stream the event outside of the UK to a global audience for free.

Haye came in at the highest weight of his career, appearing to have gained a lot of muscle mass since the lay off. He employed much less movement than previously and came forward methodically, knocking out de Mori in 113 seconds of the first round. The broadcast of the fight on Dave was the most successful show in the history of the channel after achieving an audience of over 3 million people, experiencing a higher share of the UK audience than Channel 4 and was only one per cent behind ITV.[61] The event was the first ever boxing match to be shot and streamed live in 360 and VR via a partnership between Salter Brothers Entertainment and IM360.[62] A large number of celebrities were in attendance; Sigma performed an opening concert and A-lister guests ringside included Benedict Cumberbatch and Idris Elba.

Haye vs. Gjergjaj

On Tuesday 26 January 2016, Haye announced his next fight, (marketed as "Haye Day 2") would take place on 21 May 2016 at The O2 in London in Haye's pursuit of reclaiming and unifying the heavyweight world titles. His opponent was the little known Swiss fighter Arnold Gjergjaj. During the press conference announcing the fight, Shannon Briggs confronted Haye calling him out. Haye did not agree to fight Briggs immediately but instead offered him the chance to fight on his undercard, promising that he would fight him next if he was victorious. Briggs agreed to this arrangement and stopped Emilio Ezequiel Zarate in the first round.[63]

Haye floored Gjergjaj with a right hand inside the first 30 seconds of the fight, and then proceeded drop him again with a left jab and a third time with a chopping right in the second round before the fight was waved off by the referee.[64] For a second time Haye used free-to-air channel Dave to broadcast the fight, but this time it was promoted by Haye himself with Hayemaker Promotions and not by Salter Brothers Entertainment. The fight peaked at 2.5 million viewers. The fight was also a success on social media on Facebook and Twitter as #HayeDay overtook the #FACupFinal to become the UK top trend.[65]

Despite winning on the undercard, a fight between Briggs and Haye didn't materialize. Brigg's continued to call out Haye, asking him to honor his end of the agreement. Briggs also chased Haye down in Brooklyn when both were in attendance for the Frampton vs. Santa Cruz fight.[66][67][68] In October, Haye spoke out about the fight not taking place due to the fact that Briggs wanted the fight to be on ppv, "Because the fight can't happen on pay-per-view ... I like people thinking I'm running from him and ducking him because when I do get in the ring with him, which I really think I will do, I think it will make it a bigger fight. But at the moment the fight can't happen because he will only fight me if the fight is on pay-per-view. I would fight him on [UK terrestrial channel] DAVE, but he doesn't want to do that."[69]

Haye vs. Bellew

Following his win over BJ Flores in October, WBC Cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew immediately hit out a verbal assault on rival Haye, who was ringside, repeating he's next. Referring to Haye as 'Sideshow Bob', Bellew carried on the verbal assault in the post fight interview using profanity and taunting Haye stating he has been 'conning the British public' since he announced his comeback. Eddie Hearn claimed the fight could take place at heavyweight or at cruiserweight for Bellew's WBC title.[70] On 25 November 2016, Hearn announced on Twitter that Haye and Bellew would face each other in a heavyweight bout on 4 March 2017 at the O2 Arena, London. The fight was shown on Sky Box Office and was Bellew's first heavyweight fight.[71][72]

At the first press conference on 30 November, a fight broke out as Haye and Bellew went face to face and it appeared on the replay, Haye had managed to land a left hook on Bellew, leaving a mark. Both fighters were then separated before going their own ways.[73] On 3 March 2017, Haye weighed 224.9 pounds, heavier than Bellew who came in at 213lbs, a career high.[74][75]

The bout started as a stalemate until the sixth round, when Haye injured his Achilles causing him to fall twice. Bellew then took control of the fight as Haye opted to continue. Bellew knocked Haye down out of the ropes late in the eleventh round. Haye managed to make it to his feet, but his corner threw in the towel, giving Bellew a TKO win. Bellew credited Haye for his bravery, while Haye refused to blame his injury and stated that Bellew was "by far the better fighter", though stated that he wanted a rematch.[76][77] Haye was taken to the hospital following the bout but was released the next morning. Haye ruptured his right achilles tendon and underwent surgery.[78][79][80][81] At the time of stoppage, Bellew led on all three scorecards 96-93. With a 60-40 split of the £7 million purse, Haye earned £4.2 million while Bellew earned £2.8 million, his biggest purse by far.[82] It was reported that the fight generated 890,000 buys on Box Office PPV.[83]

Despite the loss, Haye was widely praised for his performance in fighting on whilst severely injured. As Kevin Mitchell of the Guardian newspaper summed up of the fight:

Haye, staggering around the ring like a Saturday night drunk, went down swinging, his right ankle strapped in the ninth then unstrapped, his aged body sagging under every assault.....Even when thrashed through the ropes at the end, Haye clambered back and was willing to continue.... It will not seem so to him as he contemplates the fading of his days, but this was Haye's finest night."[84]

Change of trainer

On 3 June 2017 Haye and McGuigan both announced that they would no longer work together in going forward. It was said that they had reached a mutual agreement and parted on good terms. Some rumours indicated that McGuigan had urged Haye to retire, which eventually caused the split.[85][86] On 6 July, Haye announced that he had hired Cuban Ismael Salas as his new trainer. Silas, known for working with Jorge Linares, Guillermo Rigondeaux and Nonito Donaire, stated that he believed he could lead Haye to another world title reign.[87]

Haye vs. Bellew II

On 12 July 2017, Haye confirmed that he had begun strengthening his ankle and he would slowly start training for his next fight which would likely take place in December 2017.[88] On 24 July, negotiations had begun for a rematch between Haye and Tony Bellew (28-2-1, 19 KOs) to take place in December 2017, although they were far from an agreement. Bellew made Haye of his preferred purse, which would reportedly make the rematch worth around £20 million.[89] On 3 August, Hearn stated a rematch between Bellew and Haye was 'virtually dead', due to both fighters believing they are the A-side and have the right to demand ring walks, poster, changing rooms and split of purse.[90] On 6 September, Hearn stated a deal could be made within seven days.[91] According to Bellew's trainer, David Coldwell, both Haye and Bellew had held positive talks and looking more likely to agree to a fight, as long they stay on the same page and agree to the same terms.[92] On 19 September, Haye agreed all the terms and tweeted Bellew to sign the contract. He said, "It's taken months of negotiating but teams have finally agreed all terms for Haye-Bellew 2. Will Bellew put pen to paper?" The fight was reported to take place on Sunday 17 December 2017.[93] Promoter Eddie Hearn stated the fight was not a done deal, but he had hoped to confirm the fight within a week.[94] Bellew replied the following day, tweeting, "I OBLIGE YOU @mrdavidhaye , happy? Now leave me alone with my family please. I'll see you soon enough!"[95] The fight was officially confirmed on 29 September for the fight to take place at the O2 Arena in London. Bellew claimed the rematch wasn't personal anymore, just business and hoping to dedicate a win to his late brother-in-law, who had passed away in August. Haye stated that Bellew wouldn't win the lottery twice. Like the first fight, it was scheduled to be shown live on Sky Box Office.[96][97]

On 20 November, it was reported that Haye had injured his arm and forced to pull out of the fight. In a statement, Haye said, "I am devastated to announce my much-anticipated rematch against Tony Bellew has been postponed until March 24 or May 5, subject to scheduling." It was believed that the injury occurred during a stair conditioning session. Bellew was said to be disappointed with Haye's announcement, but stated he may take an interim bout.[98][99] The fight was rescheduled for 5 May 2018.[100] Haye weighed 220.2 pounds, 4 pounds lighter than the first fight. Bellew also came in lighter 210.4 pounds.[101]

Bellew knocked Haye down three times eventually winning the fight via TKO in round 5. Haye started the opening two rounds using his jab, leaving a mark around Bellew's right eye. As round 3 started, both boxers started getting closer unloading power shots. As Haye started to step backwards around the ring, Bellew landed clean, dropping Haye. At this point it appeared Haye may have injured his ankle, with the Sky commentary team mentioning this, as well as the post fight interviewer. Haye later denied he was injured. Bellew then dropped Haye again with a hard combination. Bellew came out cautiously in round 4, still wary of Haye's power. In round 5, both traded punches, but it was a left hook from Bellew dropped that Haye a third time. Haye managed to beat the count again, not long before Bellew started unloading a barrage of punches. With Haye against the ropes, referee Howard Foster stepped in at 2 minutes, 14 seconds, giving Bellew his second stoppage win over Haye.[102] Immediately after the fight Haye congratulated Bellew on the win. Bellew went on to dedicate the win to Ashley, his brother-in-law, who passed away in August 2017. He also mentioned Andre Ward, who his team had brief negotiations with in 2017. Haye stated he would review the tapes and see what went wrong.[103][104] According to Compubox Stats, Haye landed 42 of 189 punches thrown (22%), only 6 being power punches and Bellew landed 70 of his 219 thrown (32%), with 34 being power punches.[105] Both boxers earned a minimum purse of £2.5 million for the fight, which would likely increase based on TV revenue and PPV shares.[106]

Final retirement

On 12 June 2018, Haye released a statement via Social Media announcing his retirement.[107] In the statement, Haye spoke about his career from start to finish, all the injuries he suffered, rehab, also revealing he had spinal surgery in March 2015.[108][109][110]

Promotional career

George Groves, Adam Booth, David Haye - Wembley 2011-11-05
Haye with Adam Booth (centre) and George Groves, 2011. Haye promoted Groves from 2008 to 2009.

On 20 January 2017, Haye announced he would combine his Hayemaker promotions with Richard Schaefer's Ringstar Sport to create Hayemaker Ringstar, which would be based in the UK and rival Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Sport and Frank Warren's Queensberry Promotions. They would also promote shows in the US. Shaefer stated in a press release that he had intended to promote in the UK for some years and spoke of his excitement to be in partnership with Haye.[111][112]

At an official press conference on 12 July 2017, Hayemaker Ringstar announced they had agreed a TV rights deal with the biggest multichannel broadcaster in the UK, UKTV, for entertainment channel Dave. The deal would be for 3 years which would show five fight nights per year. Hayemaker Ringstar also introduced its latest signings, Olympics silver medalist, heavyweight Joe Joyce, Olympian Qais Ashfaq, European champion Willy Hutchinson and former 10-time world kickboxing champion Michael 'Venom' Page.[113][114][115]

On 6 September 2017, an official announcement was made for the first boxing event which would take place at Indigo, The O2 arena in London on 20 October 2017. Haye confirmed that Joe Joyce would headline the card, making his debut against experienced former WBO Inter-Continental champion Ian Lewison (12-3, 8 KOs).[116]

Media career

Haye created his own documentary reality show, David Haye versus, under his production company Hayemaker Productions, which was broadcast on Sky 1 from 28 to 29 June 2011. It featured him training and in conversation with Ricky Gervais, Justin Bieber, Michael McIntyre, Dizzee Rascal and Mickey Rourke.

Personal life

Haye was born to a white English mother and a Jamaican father. He grew up in Bermondsey for most of his childhood. Haye attended Bacon's College in Rotherhithe.

Haye lives in Beckenham.[117] He and his wife, Natasha, have a son named Cassius (named after Cassius Clay). He supports London football team Millwall FC.[118] Haye is a UK citizen, having previously held dual Northern Cyprus citizenship in 2010.[119] In 2007 and 2008 his training camp was based in Kyrenia, and he has sometimes worn the Northern Cyprus flag on his shorts alongside the English flag, the UK flag, and the Jamaican flag. In November 2012, Haye took part in the twelfth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, in which he finished third.

In early 2014, Haye became vegan.[120] He also launched his own range of vegan protein.[121] Haye gave up eating animal products at the beginning of 2014 and was immediately open about his reasons for doing so. "I watched a TV documentary about how animals are farmed, killed and prepared for us to eat," he explained. "I saw all those cows and pigs and realised I couldn't be a part of it anymore. It was horrible. I did some research to make sure I could still obtain enough protein to fight and, once satisfied that I could, I stopped. I'll never go back."[122] He was named one of PETA's Sexiest Vegan Celebrities of 2014 in UK.[122]


Haye was selected for the final 10 shortlist for the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award[123] for his performances against John Ruiz and Audley Harrison.

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
32 fights 28 wins 4 losses
By knockout 26 3
By decision 2 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
32 Loss 28–4 United Kingdom Tony Bellew TKO 5 (12), 2:14 5 May 2018 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England
31 Loss 28–3 United Kingdom Tony Bellew TKO 11 (12), 2:16 4 Mar 2017 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England
30 Win 28–2 Switzerland Arnold Gjergjaj TKO 2 (10), 1:35 21 May 2016 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England
29 Win 27–2 Australia Mark de Mori TKO 1 (10), 2:11 16 Jan 2016 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England
28 Win 26–2 United Kingdom Dereck Chisora TKO 5 (10), 2:51 14 Jul 2012 United Kingdom Boleyn Ground, London, England Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental and WBO International heavyweight titles
27 Loss 25–2 Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko UD 12 2 Jul 2011 Germany Imtech Arena, Hamburg, Germany Lost WBA heavyweight title;
For IBF, WBO, IBO, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight titles
26 Win 25–1 United Kingdom Audley Harrison TKO 3 (12), 1:53 13 Nov 2010 United Kingdom MEN Arena, Manchester, England Retained WBA heavyweight title
25 Win 24–1 United States John Ruiz TKO 9 (12), 2:01 3 Apr 2010 United Kingdom MEN Arena, Manchester, England Retained WBA heavyweight title
24 Win 23–1 Russia Nikolai Valuev MD 12 7 Nov 2009 Germany Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg, Germany Won WBA heavyweight title
23 Win 22–1 United States Monte Barrett TKO 5 (10), 1:28 15 Nov 2008 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England
22 Win 21–1 United Kingdom Enzo Maccarinelli TKO 2 (12), 2:04 8 Mar 2008 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Retained WBA (Super), WBC, The Ring, and lineal cruiserweight titles;
Won WBO cruiserweight title
21 Win 20–1 France Jean-Marc Mormeck TKO 7 (12), 1:54 10 Nov 2007 France Palais des sports Marcel-Cerdan, Paris, France Won WBA (Unified), WBC, The Ring, and lineal cruiserweight titles
20 Win 19–1 Poland Tomasz Bonin TKO 1 (12), 1:45 27 Apr 2007 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, London, England
19 Win 18–1 Italy Giacobbe Fragomeni TKO 9 (12), 1:29 17 Nov 2006 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England Retained European cruiserweight title
18 Win 17–1 Belgium Ismail Abdoul UD 12 21 Jul 2006 United Kingdom Leisure Centre, Altrincham, England Retained European cruiserweight title
17 Win 16–1 Denmark Lasse Johansen TKO 8 (12), 2:08 24 Mar 2006 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England Retained European cruiserweight title
16 Win 15–1 Ukraine Alexander Gurov KO 1 (12), 0:45 16 Dec 2005 United Kingdom Leisure Centre, Bracknell, England Won European cruiserweight title
15 Win 14–1 Italy Vincenzo Rossitto TKO 2 (10), 2:55 14 Oct 2005 United Kingdom Leisure Centre, Huddersfield, England
14 Win 13–1 Australia Glen Kelly TKO 2 (10), 1:09 4 Mar 2005 United Kingdom Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham, England
13 Win 12–1 United Kingdom Garry Delaney RTD 3 (6), 3:00 21 Jan 2005 United Kingdom Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre, London, England
12 Win 11–1 Estonia Valeri Semiskur KO 1 (6), 1:36 10 Dec 2004 United Kingdom Hillsborough Leisure Centre, Sheffield, England
11 Loss 10–1 United Kingdom Carl Thompson TKO 5 (12), 2:53 10 Sep 2004 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, London, England For IBO cruiserweight title
10 Win 10–0 United States Arthur Williams TKO 3 (8), 2:46 12 May 2004 United Kingdom Rivermead Leisure Centre, Reading, England
9 Win 9–0 Zimbabwe Hastings Rasani TKO 1 (6), 2:17 20 Mar 2004 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, London, England
8 Win 8–0 United Kingdom Tony Dowling TKO 1 (10), 1:35 14 Nov 2003 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England Won inaugural English cruiserweight title
7 Win 7–0 Denmark Lolenga Mock TKO 4 (6), 2:30 26 Sep 2003 United Kingdom Rivermead Leisure Centre, Reading, England
6 Win 6–0 United Kingdom Greg Scott-Briggs KO 1 (6), 2:04 1 Aug 2003 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
5 Win 5–0 United States Vance Winn TKO 1 (6), 0:54 15 Jul 2003 United States Playboy Mansion, Beverly Hills, California, US
4 Win 4–0 United Kingdom Phil Day TKO 2 (4), 2:09 18 Mar 2003 United Kingdom Rivermead Leisure Centre, Reading, England
3 Win 3–0 United Kingdom Roger Bowden TKO 1 (6), 2:42 4 Mar 2003 United States Seville Hotel, Miami, Florida, US
2 Win 2–0 France Saber Zairi TKO 4 (4), 0:54 24 Jan 2003 United Kingdom Ponds Forge, Sheffield, England
1 Win 1–0 United Kingdom Tony Booth RTD 2 (4), 3:00 8 Dec 2002 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England

Television viewership

Date Fight Viewers Region(s) Source(s)
2 July 2011
Wladimir Klitschko vs. David Haye Worldwide
Total viewership Worldwide 502,534,000

UK pay-per-view bouts

Date Fight Network Pay-per-view buys Source
7 November 2009 Nikolai Valuev vs. David Haye Sky Box Office 469,000 [125]
3 April 2010 David Haye vs. John Ruiz Sky Box Office 177,000 [126]
13 November 2010 David Haye vs. Audley Harrison Sky Box Office 223,000 [125]
2 July 2011 Wladimir Klitschko vs. David Haye Sky Box Office 1,143,000 [127]
4 March 2017 David Haye vs. Tony Bellew Sky Box Office 890,000 [128]
5 May 2018 David Haye vs. Tony Bellew II Sky Box Office 775,000 [129]
Total sales Sky Box Office 3,677,000

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Inaugural champion English cruiserweight champion
14 November 2003 – September 2004
Title next held by
Dean Francis
Preceded by
Alexander Gurov
European cruiserweight champion
16 December 2005 – June 2007
Title next held by
Vincenzo Cantatore
Title last held by
Robert Helenius
WBA Inter-Continental
heavyweight champion

14 July 2012 – August 2014
Title next held by
Lucas Browne
New title WBO International
heavyweight champion

14 July 2012 – July 2013
Title next held by
Dereck Chisora
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Jean-Marc Mormeck
WBA cruiserweight champion
Super title

10 November 2007 – 12 May 2008
Unified title until January 2008
Title next held by
Denis Lebedev
WBC cruiserweight champion
10 November 2007 – 12 May 2008
Title next held by
Giacobbe Fragomeni
The Ring cruiserweight champion
10 November 2007 – 23 May 2008
Title next held by
Tomasz Adamek
Lineal cruiserweight champion
10 November 2007 – 23 May 2008
Preceded by
Enzo Maccarinelli
WBO cruiserweight champion
8 March 2008 – 12 May 2008
Title next held by
Victor Emilio Ramírez
Preceded by
Nikolai Valuev
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7 November 20092 July 2011
Lost bid for Super title
Title next held by
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In his professional career he challenged for the WBA, British, and Commonwealth heavyweight titles. In 2009, Harrison won the Prizefighter tournament, his first of two. He became the European heavyweight champion in 2010, after defeating Michael Sprott in a rematch of their 2007 bout. In 2013, Harrison won his second Prizefighter tournament, becoming the first boxer to do so.


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The current weight limit for the division is 200 pounds (14 stone 4 pounds / 90.7 kg). When originally established, the weight limit was 190 pounds (13st. 8 lbs. / 86.2 kg). The division was established in order to accommodate smaller heavyweight boxers who could not compete with the growing size of boxers in that division. While many great heavyweight champions (such as Rocky Marciano and Joe Louis) weighed around 190 pounds in their career, during the 1970s it became fairly standard that heavyweight boxers weighed 220 pounds or 230 pounds. It was felt by many boxing authorities that asking men weighing between 176 pounds and 190 pounds to fight these larger men was unfair.

The WBC was the first boxing organization to recognize the cruiserweight division when it sanctioned a bout between Marvin Camel and Mate Parlov on December 8, 1979, for their version of the title. That fight was a draw, but in the rematch in March 1980 Camel won and became the first cruiserweight champion. In 1982 the World Boxing Association recognized Ossie Ocasio as their first cruiserweight champion when he defeated South African Robbie Williams (although at that time the WBA called the division "junior heavyweight"). The International Boxing Federation followed suit in 1983 when it matched former WBC champion Marvin Camel against Rick Sekorski for their inaugural title. Camel won and became the first IBF cruiserweight champion.

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Other notable champions in the division have been Bobby Czyz, Tomasz Adamek, Virgil Hill, Al Cole, Orlin Norris, James Toney and David Haye.

Johnny Nelson and Marco Huck jointly hold the record for most consecutive title defenses at this division, with both achieving 13 defenses of the WBO title.

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David Haye vs. Dereck Chisora, billed as Licensed to Thrill, was a controversial boxing grudge match that took place on 14 July 2012, at the Boleyn Ground, the home of West Ham United Football Club. The fight occurred despite Dereck Chisora having had his British boxing licensed removed by the British Boxing Board of Control in March 2012. David Haye won the fight by TKO in the 5th round.

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Chris Eubank (born 1966), retired professional boxer

Andrew Gourlay, conductor

Jackie Guy, dancer, choreographer and teacher

Naomie Harris (born 1976), Oscar-nominated actress, Moonlight, Spectre

David Haye (born 1980), boxer

Victor Headley, author

Lenny Henry, comedian

Dame Kelly Holmes (born 1970), middle distance runner and Olympic gold medallist

Paul Ince (born 1967), retired footballer

Colin Jackson (born 1967), retired hurdler

Lennox Lewis (born 1965) retired professional boxer

Devon Malcolm (born 1963), retired cricketer

Michael Page (born 1987), professional boxer and mixed martial artist; mother was from Jamaica

Frances Batty Shand (died 1885), early charitable activist

Jorja Smith (born 1997), singer

Zadie Smith (born 1975), author

Raheem Sterling, footballer

FKA Twigs (born 1988), singer-songwriter, producer, and dancer

Theo Walcott (born 1989), footballer for Arsenal

Dillian Whyte (born 1988), boxer

Ian Wright (born 1963), retired footballer

Luke Youngblood (born 1986), actor

Leigh-Anne Pinnock (born 1991), singer

Caron Wheeler singer, songwriter

Manuel Charr

Manuel Charr (born Mahmoud Omeirat Charr; 10 October 1984, Beirut, Lebanon) is a professional boxer who lives in Germany and is the current WBA (Regular) heavyweight champion. He has challenged once for the WBC title. In 2015, Charr was shot four times in the stomach after confronting an internet troll in a German fast-food restaurant. Charr underwent double-hip replacement surgery in May 2017.

Mark de Mori

Mark de Mori (born 11 February 1982) is an Australian professional boxer who fights at heavyweight. He is a knockout specialist, having won 26 of his 30 fights inside the distance.

Nikolai Valuev

Nikolai Sergeyevich Valuev (Russian: Никола́й Серге́евич Валу́ев; born 21 August 1973) is a Russian politician and former professional boxer. In boxing, he competed from 1993 to 2009, and held the WBA heavyweight title twice between 2005 and 2009. Standing at a height of 2.13 metres (7.0 ft) and a peak weight of 149 kilograms (328 lb), Valuev is best known for being the tallest and heaviest world champion in boxing history.

Nikolai Valuev vs. David Haye

Nikolai Valuev vs. David Haye, billed as "David vs Goliath", was a professional boxing match contested on 7 November 2009 for the WBA heavyweight championship.

Sky Box Office

Sky Box Office is the name of Sky's pay-per-view (PPV) system operated in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. There were three branded divisions of Sky Box Office – Sky Cinema Box Office, Sky Sports Box Office and Sky 3D Box Office. Until 1 February 2011, the system ran under unified Sky Box Office branding. On 4 January 2017, all Sky Cinema Box Office channels ceased broadcasting, with only Sky Sports Box Office remaining available.

Tony Bellew

Anthony Lewis Bellew (born 30 November 1982) is a British former professional boxer who competed from 2007 to 2018. He held the WBC cruiserweight title from 2016 to 2017, and challenged for the undisputed cruiserweight championship in his final fight. At regional level, Bellew held the British and Commonwealth light-heavyweight titles between 2010 and 2014, the European cruiserweight title from 2015 to 2016, and is a three-time ABA heavyweight champion as an amateur. Outside of boxing, he featured in the 2015 film Creed.

Wladimir Klitschko

Wladimir Wladimirowitsch Klitschko (born 25 March 1976) is a Ukrainian former professional boxer who competed from 1996 to 2017. He held the world heavyweight championship twice, including the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, Ring magazine and lineal titles. A strategic and intelligent boxer, Klitschko is considered to be one of the best heavyweight champions of all time. He was known for his exceptional knockout power, using a strong jab, straight right hand and left hook, as well as excellent footwork and mobility, unusual for boxers of his size.As an amateur, Klitschko represented Ukraine at the 1996 Olympics, winning a gold medal in the super-heavyweight division. After turning professional later that year, he defeated Chris Byrd in 2000 to win the WBO heavyweight title. Klitschko's first reign as champion ended in an upset knockout loss to Corrie Sanders in 2003, which was followed by another knockout loss to Lamon Brewster in 2004. It was during this time that Klitschko hired Emanuel Steward as his trainer, which began an eight-year partnership that lasted until Steward's death in 2012. In particular, Steward was credited with Klitschko's transition from an aggressive puncher to a more defensively-oriented boxer, much as he had done with Lennox Lewis in 1995 to 2003.

In 2006, Klitschko regained a portion of the world heavyweight championship after defeating Chris Byrd in a rematch to win the IBF and IBO titles. He won the WBO title for a second time by defeating Sultan Ibragimov in 2008. Following his defeat of Ruslan Chagaev in 2009, Klitschko was awarded the Ring and lineal titles, and lastly he won the WBA title from David Haye in 2011. In September 2015, Klitschko was ranked as the world's best active boxer, pound for pound, by BoxRec; in November 2014, he reached a career peak of second best on The Ring's pound for pound list. BoxRec currently ranks him as the 35th best boxer of all time and the greatest European boxer of all time, pound for pound.Until his loss to Tyson Fury in 2015, Klitschko was also recognized as lineal champion by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, while the WBA recognised him as one of its "Super champions", a distinction given to boxers who hold that title in addition to those by other sanctioning bodies in the same division. From 2006 to 2015, Wladimir and his older brother Vitali (himself a former world heavyweight champion) dominated heavyweight boxing, a period typically known as the "Klitschko Era" of the division.

Wladimir Klitschko vs. David Haye

Wladimir Klitschko vs. David Haye, billed as The Talk Ends Now, was a heavyweight unification fight for the WBA (Super), WBO, IBF, IBO and The Ring heavyweight titles. The fight took place in Imtech Arena, Altona, Hamburg, Germany on July 2, 2011. Klitschko won with a unanimous points victory. The fight reportedly reached a global television audience of 500 million viewers in 150 countries.

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