David Deron Haye (born 13 October 1980 in London, England) is a British professional boxer and boxing promoter who co-owns Hayemaker Promotions. Haye is a former WBA, WBC, WBO and The Ring magazine cruiserweight champion. Haye decided to vacate these titles in order to pursue his ambitions in the heavyweight division.
His training camp is based in Kyrenia (Turkish: Girne), in the de facto recognized state of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, and has worn the flag on his shorts alongside the St. George's Cross and the Union Jack.
David was born to an English mother and a Jamaican father and grew up in Bermondsey, London, for most of his childhood. David's father worked in a successful business as a panel beater and sprayer whilst his mother worked as a Library Assistant at the local university. David is one of three siblings. He has an older sister, Louisa Frisby, who owns a smoothie company and catering company and a younger brother James, a boxing enthusiast.
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 superstar Odlanier Solís a standing eight before getting stopped by TKO (round 3) and taking the silver medal.
Based in Bermondsey, London, England, Haye turned professional in December 2002, knocking out veteran Tony Booth in two rounds.
In 2003 he won 7 fights, 2 of which were in the USA, and won all by knockouts, the most notable being a 4th round KO of The Congo's Lolenga Mock where Haye had to come off the floor to win, and a 1st round KO of Tony Dowling where he picked up the English title.
Haye's fights were regularly seen on the BBC and his popularity began to grow in 2002, when he dispatched the 39-year-old ex-World champion "King" Arthur Williams in three rounds. However a match with 40-year-old ex-WBO champion Carl Thompson for the lightly regarded IBO belt proved disastrous. Early on Haye hit Thompson with everything in his arsenal, but late in the 5th round Thompson landed a series of punches to Haye's head. After further blows his corner threw in the towel, resulting in a TKO victory for Thompson.
Haye had bounced back by December 2005, defeating Alexander Gurov for the EBU European title in just 45 seconds.
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 retained his European title with defences against Lasse Johansen (TKO8), Ismail Abdoul (W12), and Giacobbe Fragomeni (TKO9).
Haye's cameo at heavyweight resulted in a KO win over hand-picked Polish fighter Tomasz Bonin, who though at the time was ranked No.11 by the WBC, had been knocked down in the first round of his previous fight with Pavel Silven, in what was Silven's first and only fight. Before this bout Bonin had a padded record, having beaten only East-European club fighters until his loss to Audley Harrison in June 2004.
Cruiserweight World titles
He challenged Jean-Marc Mormeck on 10 November 2007 for the WBA and WBC Cruiserweight titles. Haye defeated Mormeck with a TKO in the 7th round. Haye was knocked down in the 4th but later dropped Mormeck in 7th round with a hard uppercut. Mormeck beat the count, but the referee stopped the bout as Mormeck was deemed to be unfit to continue. The victory confirmed Haye's arrival as a genuine world class fighter because Mormeck was ranked number one by The Ring magazine.
This was expected to be Haye's last fight in the cruiserweight division, win or lose. Haye himself has admitted that he 'struggles to make weight' and feels that he can only box at '70 or 80 per cent' his potential as a cruiserweight.
David Haye and Enzo Maccarinelli met in an all-British world Cruiserweight title fight in the early hours of 9 March 2008. British trade paper Boxing News produced a pullout special on the match. Widely billed as the biggest all British bout since Chris Eubank met Nigel Benn, few pundits could decide who would walk away the victor. As both fighters are massive punchers with excellent KO records a short fight was predicted. Haye won the match in the 2nd round with a stunning TKO.
Haye immediately announced the victory as his last fight at cruiserweight. He will move up to heavyweight and declared live on Setanta Sports, following his victory, that he will retire on the year of his 31st birthday declaring that he will have 3 years of heavyweight domination. On May 12, 2008, Haye vacated the WBC cruiserweight title.
Haye has described the victory over Maccarinelli as "the final piece" in his cruiserweight jigsaw. Haye has repeatedly stated his intention to compete in the heavyweight division and emulate the success of Evander Holyfield.
Haye defeated Monte Barrett at The O2 Arena in London on 15 November 2008, winning via TKO in the 5th Round, after knocking Barrett down five times in the process.
Haye announced that he is in talks with a future fight against WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko sometime in 2009, possibly at The O2 Arena in London. Although Klitschko has publicly stated that Haye must establish himself in the heavyweight division before he commits to a fight.