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 Championships 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


'I threw about 16 punches in 3 seconds. It was some serious Bruce Lee speed!'




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. In 2003 he won all of his bouts by knockouts, the most notable being a fourth-round KO of Lolenga Mock, in which Haye had to come off the floor to win.

By 2014 Haye had built a strong following with his fights regularly aired on the BBC, a notable win was Haye’s emphatic dispatch of 39-year-old ex-world champion "King" Arthur Williams in three rounds. 

European champion

Haye fought against Estonian Valery Semishkur, winning by TKO in round 1, he then went on to defeat 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 to become European Champion.

Haye's cameo at heavyweight in April 2007 resulted in an impressive first-round KO win over Polish fighter Tomasz Bonin, 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".

WBA,WBC & The Ring ChampioN
jean-Marc Mormeck

In a move to unify the cruiserweight division, on November 10th 2007 Haye challenged France’s star Jean-Marc Mormeck (33-3, 22 KOs) for the WBA, WBC, The Ring and lineal cruiserweight titles. 
During the bout Haye unleashed a frightening combination made up of a right upper cut, left, then right hook to floor Mormeck. Haye defeated Mormeck by knockout in the seventh round. 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 in history. "I worked my way back into the fight and showed great heart, seventeen weeks of hard work have paid off". The victory confirmed Haye's arrival as a genuine world class fighter.

WBO Cruiserweight Champion
Enzo Maccarinelli 

Haye and Enzo Maccarinelli (28-1, 21 KOs) met in an all-British World Cruiserweight Unification fight, in the early hours of March 9th 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. These predictions proved to be correct, as Haye knocked out Maccarinelli in the second round of the contest to become the Undisputed Cruiserweight Champion of the World. Cementing his name in the history books.


'I was three years old, saying I'm going to be the heavyweight champion of world'




Haye described the victory over Maccarinelli as "the final piece" in his cruiserweight jigsaw.

Once he had unified the Cruiserweight Division, Haye once again moved up to the Heavyweight division, defeating Monte Barrett at The O2 Arena in London on November 15th 2008, winning via TKO in the fifth round.

WBA Heavyweight Champion
Nikolai Valuev

Haye then confirmed that he would challenge the WBA champion Nikolai Valuev (50-1, 34 KOs) on November 7th 2009 on foreign soil at the Nuremberg Arena, Germany. Haye's former trainer Adam Booth claimed it was a fight that Valuev wanted; it was billed as David and Goliath. Haye weighed in at 217 pounds, almost 100 pounds less than his opponent.

Haye beat Valuev in a display of accuracy and efficiency, countering Valuev's misses, jabbing and circling his much larger opponent, he also came close to knocking out Valuev in the final round with a hard left hand, which made Valuev stumble, going on to win by a majority decision with scores of 114–114, 116–112, and 116–112. 

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.


On April 3rd 2010 Haye defeated John Ruiz in his first WBA title defence at the Manchester Arena by TKO in the ninth round after knocking him down no less than four times during the fight. 

This was only the second time in his career Ruiz had ever been stopped, After the fight, Haye immediately called on both Klitschko brothers.

Audley Harrison

On November 13th 2010, Haye defeated Harrison with one minute, seven seconds remaining of the third round by TKO. In the early stages Harrison 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.

Haye's plans to unify the heavyweight division developed as it was announced that Haye and Wladimir Klitschko had agreed to meet at the Imtech Arena in Hamburg on July 2nd 2011.

Wladimir Klitschko 

Wladimir Klitschko v 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 July 2nd 2011. 

The fight united the Nation and reached a global television audience of 500 million viewers in 150 countries. 

Unfortunately, it was not Haye’s night and Klitschko defeated him by a unanimous decision to become the unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and The Ring heavyweight champion.


In a move to finally settle notable bad blood between Haye and fellow Heavyweight Derek Chisora, Haye and his promotion team announced that he would fight Chisora at Boleyn Ground, Upton Park, London on July 14th 2012. 

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.


'I said that I was gonna smash him in three rounds, that's exactly what I did'


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Mark de Mori

After a 3 year hiatus from the ring, on November 24th 2015, Haye announced his comeback fight against WBA #10 ranked heavyweight Mark de Mori.

The fight took place on January 16th 2016 at the O2 Arena in London. 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.

Haye knocked 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.

Arnold Gjergjaj

Haye next stepped into the ring on Saturday 21st May 2016 at The O2 in London, his opponent was the Swiss fighter Arnold 'The Cobra' Gjergjaj.

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. 

For a second time Haye used free-to-air channel Dave to broadcast the fight, which peaked at 2.5 million viewers. The fight was also a success on Facebook and Twitter as #HayeDay overtook the #FACupFinal to become the UK top trend.

Tony Bellew

After clashing ringside at Liverpools Echo Arena, due to public demand on November 25th 2016, It was announced that Haye and Bellew would face each other in a heavyweight bout on 4 March 2017 at the O2 Arena, London.

The fight was a true battle and the unpredictability of sport provided many a curveball. In the 11th round Haye’s team decided it was time to save him for another day.

Bellew credited Haye for his bravery, while Haye stated that Bellew was "by far the better fighter", though stated that he wanted a rematch. Haye was taken to the hospital following the bout where it was confirmed that he had ruptured his right achilles tendon and underwent surgery.

The fight capture the nations attention and created more questions than it answered. As a result ‘The Rematch’ is scheduled for May 5th where both fighters will be putting their reputations on the line. 



'Don't blink, I'm not getting paid overtime for this you know'


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