Born on 13 October 1980, David Deron Haye (age 40) is a British former professional boxer.

David competed in the tournaments and championships between 2002 and 2018 and was the first British boxer to reach the final of the World Amateur Boxing Championships (where he won a silver medal in 2001).

He also held multiple world championships in two weight classes.

David weighs 102 kgs and he is 6 ft 3 in tall.

David has won three of the four major world titles and as a professional, he became a unified cruiserweight world champion in 2008.

He was one of the ten best boxers of 2003 and 2004.

BoxRec (a website dedicated to holding updated records of professional and amateur boxers) ranked David as the world’s No.1 cruiserweight from 2005 to 2007.

In the coming years, he moved up to heavyweight and won the WBA title after defeating Nikolai Valuev (who had a size advantage of 9 inches in height) in 2009.

Evander Holyfield, an American boxer, and David are the only two boxers in history to have unified the cruiserweight world titles and become world heavyweight champions.

BoxRec ranks David Haye as the 7th greatest British fighter in history, as of January 2021. 

Early life and career

On 13 October 1980, David was born to a white English mother and a black Jamaican father in Bermondsey, London. 

In Houston, at the 1999 World Amateur Boxing Championships, at the age of eighteen, David competed in the light-heavyweight division.

He also won against Courtney Fry, ABA light-heavyweight champion, but was eliminated by Michael Simms, an experienced American boxer at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

He reached the final at the 2001 World Championships after he fought in the heavyweight division and managed to defeat Sebastian Köber.

He almost reached the silver medal but was stopped by the Cuban in round three. His record as an amateur boxer was 83-13.

When David was 22 years old, he turned professional in December 2002.

He defeated Tony Booth in his first fight via second-round corner retirement (RTD).

He won seven fights by knockout, two of which were the only fights he has fought in the United States.

In 2004 his popularity began to grow after his fights were regularly broadcasted on the BBC. 

David vs Thompson

In a ‘youth vs. experience’ match-up, which also was his eleventh fight of the year, his fight was against Carl Thompson, 40-year-old former WBO champion.

Over the first few rounds, he started fast and alarmingly caught Thompson with continuous attacks of power punches; he also made Thompson start defending himself at multiple points.

David then pushed further against him and kept on landing power punches which caused him to slow down.

From here Thompson started to work his way into the fight.

In round five, David was knocked down with a chopping right hand.

Before the stoppage, Thompson landed two jabs after a flush right hand which cleanly caught an exhausted David. 

Haye signed a three-year contract with Frank Maloney (former Lennox Lewis promoter) to further his world title ambitions.

In a lopsided twelve-round decision, he successfully defended his European title against Ismail Abdoul. 

David vs Mormeck

For the WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal cruiserweight titles on 10 November 2007, David challenged Jean-Marc Mormeck.

In the earlier rounds, David was facing difficulties against Mormeck (with 22 KOs) and in the seventh round, he won by TKO after unleashing a combination made up of a right uppercut, left, then a right hook.

He made his initial mark in history as Britain’s first two-belt cruiserweight champion.

David vs Maccarinelli

David had met Enzo Maccarinelli in the early hours of an all-British world cruiserweight title fight.

In this fight, David’s titles were at stake, and Boxing News, a British trade paper, produced a pullout special on this match.

Since Chris Eubank met Nigel Benn, this was widely considered as the biggest all-British bout.

One of the noticeable things about this fight is that both fighters have excellent KO records and hard punchers. This fight also seemed like a short fight.

In the second round of the contest, predictions proved to be correct as David knocked out Maccarinelli. 

David vs Ruiz

On 26 January 2010, at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester, former WBA champion John Ruiz was announced as David’s first title defense.

Ruiz was initially in line to fight Valuev, but he agreed to step aside.

The fight was being staged in the UK, and this made Ruiz unhappy.

In the ninth round, Haye defeated Ruiz in his first WBA title defense. For the bout, David earned 1 million euros. 

Personal life

David lives in Beckenham, a town in Greater London, England.

In 2008, he married Natasha, a make-up artist. They both have a son together, Cassius. In 2016, after eight years they got divorced. 

Controversy

During a post-fight press conference in Germany, everybody witnessed a brawl between David and Dereck Chisore, a British fighter. This almost handed Dereck a lifetime ban. 

David Haye and Tony Bellew were always considered bad-tempered boxers.

After weeks of controversy and provocation, they both faced off in Liverpool, where David called the Liverpool crowd as “f***** retards”.

Afterward, Bellew and David started to have an argument and exchanged words (Bellew calling him a “broken man”).

On 13 November, David had to fight against Audley Harrison for the heavyweight title, and he called the fight with Audley as “one-sided as a gang rape”.

After this comment, David had to face a lot of criticism from women’s groups and charities around the world.

However, David, said through his Twitter account that he will not be apologizing for anything he has said.

NameDavid Deron Haye
Born13 October 1980
Age40
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight102 kgs
NicknameThe Hayemaker
NationalityBritish

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