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David Haye

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  • Nickname: Hayemaker
  • Date of Birth: 13th October 1980 (43 years old)
  • Retired: 5th May 2018 (Career length: 15 years 4 months)
  • Status: Retired
  • Nationality: England Flag England
  • Birthplace: Bermondsey, London, United Kingdom Flag Bermondsey, London, United Kingdom
  • Residence: Bermondsey, London, United Kingdom Flag Bermondsey, London, United Kingdom
  • Division: Heavyweight
  • Height: 191cm
  • Reach: 198cm
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • BoxRec: David Haye
  • Debut: 8th December 2002


Born on October 13, 1980, in Bermondsey, London, David Deron Haye's boxing journey began as an amateur, where he made history by becoming the first British boxer to reach the World Amateur Boxing Championships final, claiming a silver medal in 2001. His impressive amateur record of 83-13 set the stage for a remarkable professional career spanning two weight classes and multiple world championships.

Haye turned professional in 2002 at the age of 22, quickly making a name for himself in the cruiserweight division. His explosive power and speed made him the European cruiserweight champion in 2005, a title he defended against Ismail Abdoul in 2006. Haye's defining moment at cruiserweight came in 2008 when he defeated Enzo Maccarinelli to unify the WBA, WBC, and The Ring cruiserweight titles, cementing his status as one of the best in the division.

Seeking new challenges, Haye moved up to heavyweight in 2008, showcasing his ability to compete against larger opponents. In 2009, he achieved a monumental victory by defeating the 7-foot-tall Nikolai Valuev to claim the WBA heavyweight title. This triumph made Haye only the second boxer in history, after Evander Holyfield, to win world titles at cruiserweight and heavyweight. He successfully defended his title against John Ruiz and Audley Harrison before losing a unification bout against Wladimir Klitschko in 2011.

After losing to Klitschko, Haye took a break from boxing, contemplating retirement. However, he returned to the ring in 2012 for a highly-anticipated grudge match against fellow British boxer Derek Chisora. Haye emerged victorious with a fifth-round stoppage.

After a three-and-a-half-year hiatus due to injury, Haye made another comeback in 2016, impressively defeating Mark de Mori and Arnold Gjergjaj. This set the stage for a high-profile clash with WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew in 2017. In a surprising turn of events, Haye suffered an Achilles tendon injury during the fight, leading to an 11th-round TKO loss. The two met again in a rematch in May 2018, with Bellew emerging victorious again, prompting Haye to announce his retirement from boxing in June 2018.

Throughout his career, David Haye showcased his adaptability, speed, power, and ability to overcome adversity. His accomplishments in both the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions have earned him a place among the greats of British boxing. Outside the ring, Haye's charisma and entrepreneurial spirit led him to establish his own promotional company, Hayemaker Promotions, and venture into the world of veganism, launching a range of vegan protein powders in 2014.

David Haye's 16-year boxing journey is a testament to his skill, determination, and the indelible mark he left on the sport. His legacy as a two-weight world champion and his contributions to British boxing will forever be remembered.