David Deron “The Hayemaker” Haye (born 13 October 1980 in Bermondsey, South London) is a British professional boxer, and current WBA World Heavyweight Champion.
Before joining the heavyweight division, Haye was the unified cruiserweight champion, holding the WBA, WBC, WBO and The Ring magazine cruiserweight titles after notable victories over Jean-Marc Mormeck and Enzo Maccarinelli. Haye’s only professional loss to date was against Carl Thompson in 2004.
Haye won the WBA Heavyweight title with a split decision over Nikolai Valuev, before defending the title against John Ruiz. Since then, there has been much speculation and anticipation concerning a possible bout with IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in the near future.
Based in Bermondsey, London, England, Haye turned professional in December 2001, knocking out veteran Tony Booth in two rounds. In 2003 he won 8 fights, 2 of which were in the USA, and won all by knockouts. 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. In January 2006, Haye signed a three year contract with former Lennox Lewis promoter Frank Maloney in order to further his world title ambitions. He continued to defend his EBU title against all comers, including Ismail Abdoul and future world champions Victor Emilio Ramirez, Giacobbe Fragomeni, and Ola Afolabi.
Haye then confirmed that he would meet the WBA champion Nikolay Valuev on 7 November in the Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg, Germany with Haye’s trainer Adam Booth claiming it was a fight that Valuev wanted, it was billed as David and Goliath. Haye’s IBA Heavyweight Championship was also on the line. Apparently showing no fear of his 7 foot opponent, Haye said: “”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.”
Haye beat Valuev in a reserved display of accuracy and efficiency, countering Valuev’s misses, jabbing and circling his much larger opponent. Haye came close to knocking down Valuev again in the final round with a hard left hand, which made Valuev stumble. Haye won with scores of 114-114 (ITA), 116-112 (USA) and 116-112 (ESP).
Haye attended Bacon’s College in Bermondsey, South East London. His training camp is based in Kyrenia, Northern Cyprus and he has worn the “Northen Cyprus flag” on his shorts alongside the Flag of St. George and the Union Flag in the past. David Haye was awarded with the citizenship of North Cyprus due to his contributions to the North Cyprus. Haye is married to Natasha and has a son named Cassius. He supports London football team Millwall. On Wednesday 20 October 2010, he was awarded an honourary doctorate from Anglia Ruskin University, at the graduation ceremony in the Cambridge Corn Exchange.
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