David Haye – The Hayemaker
In my previous post we had a look at the career of Tyson Fury in the build-up to this much anticipated clash between the two heavyweights and now we focus on David Haye.
David Haye is an Orthodox boxer who stands 6ft 3in tall and has a 78in reach, stuff he was born in Bermondsey (London) on the 13th October 1980, Haye has recently come out of retirement and this bout will be his 29th and he only has two defeats on his record.
As an amateur Haye boxed at the Fitzroy Lodge Boxing Club in Lambeth where during his early age impressed and starting winning his bouts, at the age of 18 Haye went over to the states to fight in the World Amateur Championships in Houston but things did not go his way and he was eliminated early on by Michael Simms.
Two years later Haye was back at the World Amateur Championships which were staged in Ireland and this time had a much better time getting all the way to the final but was stopped by Cuban Odlanier Solis in round three meant that Haye came away with the Silver medal.
At the end of 2002, aged 22 David Haye made the step up to the professional ranks where he made his debut against Tony Booth in a fight which lasted just two rounds and his early career followed suit with not too many lasting long, he won his first ten fights by stoppage and within four rounds.
During those fights Haye won some fans and also some critics, Confident would probably we a slight understatement when it comes to Hayes early fights, he would constantly drop his gloves and showboat during fights and it was only a matter of time until he would come unstuck.
That came in his 11th bout when he came up against Carl Thompson, despite dominating the first four rounds Haye was caught in round five not only once but twice he was put on the canvas and the fight ended with Hayes corner throwing in the towel. For me this fight was probably the best thing that could have happened to Haye, he needed to be shown that he was not invincible and because of this fight I believe Hayes career improved.
People say that the best boxers are those who can return from a defeat and David Haye returned to win his next fifteen bouts winning many titles along the line with the highlight being the WBA World Heavyweight title when defeating the giant Nikolay Valuev.[youtube id=”AfeBasCNnRc” width=”620″ height=”360″]
He finally got his shot at Wladimir Klitschko in July of 2011 and this was Hayes chance to right his name in the history of boxing, a chance for British boxing to excel once again in the heavyweight division and to end the dominance of the Klitschko brothers.
Haye was confident, his fans were confident and just Wladimir stood in his way in the first phase of stripping the Klitschko’s of their titles but the night did not go to plan for the Haye camp, Haye never really got into the fight, he was dominated by Wladimir and the fight was out of Hayes hands already by the time that Wladimir knocked him down in the 11th round, Haye got up to finish the fight but was well beaten on the scorecards.
And then came ‘Toe-Gate’ when David Haye blamed a broken little toe for his defeat against Wladimir, maybe it was broken and affected his performance but he was well beaten on the night and outclassed by Wladimir so maybe he should have just kept quiet on the subject.[youtube id=”eOdiYEuUY-0” width=”620″ height=”360″]
Haye from very early on in his career always stated that when he turned 30 then he would retire and following the Klitschko fight, Haye sure did announce his retirement from the sport but I am sure there were many out there just like me who had the feeling that we had not seen the last of David Haye!
In the aftermath of the Vitali Klitschko and Dereck Chisora fight things got heated between Haye and Chisora which led to Haye coming out of retirement to sign up to fight Chisora. During a press conference it all kicked off which resulted in both boxers losing their British Boxing Licences which at first looked to end any chance of the fight happening but the Luxembourg Boxing Association issued both boxers with licences which meant the fight could go ahead.
The fight finally took place and it was Haye who was successful, flooring Chisora twice in round five which resulted in the ref bringing the fight to an end and happily the two left the ring best of friends with no hard feelings.
Haye will now face Tyson Fury on the 28th September in which should be a cracker and next week I shall be previewing the fight and giving my opinions on the outcome.