David Deron Haye
(born 13 October 1980 in Lambeth
) is an English professional boxer
, and a former WBA world heavyweight champion
Before joining the heavyweight
division, Haye was the unified cruiserweight
champion, holding the WBA
and The Ring
magazine cruiserweight titles after notable victories over Jean-Marc Mormeck
and Enzo Maccarinelli
. His career record stands at 25-2 with 23 knockouts.
Haye won the WBA heavyweight title with a majority decision over Nikolai Valuev
in November 2009 and successfully defended it with against John Ruiz
and Audley Harrison
in 2010, before losing the title to Wladimir Klitschko
in July 2011.
Haye started his ambition and passion for boxing at old-school boxing gym Fitzroy Lodge Boxing Club, where he quickly impressed and confidently won his first amateur bouts.
In 1999, Haye participated at the world amateur championships in Houston, Texas, USA at light-heavyweight
but was defeated by American Michael Simms
early in the contest.
At the 2001 World Amateur Boxing Championships
in Belfast, Northern Ireland he fought in the heavyweight 201 lb division where he beat world class Sebastian Köber
to reach the final where he gave Cuban Odlanier Solís
a standing eight before getting stopped by technical knockout
(TKO) in round three, and taking the silver medal.
Based in Bermondsey
, London, England, Haye turned professional in December 2002, aged 22, knocking out Tony... Read More