David Haye's biggest fights

  • Last Updated: November 17 2013, 19:51 GMT

We look back at some of David Haye's biggest fights following the news that he faces retirement from boxing.

David Haye celebrates his win over Nikolai Valuev in 2009
David Haye celebrates his win over Nikolai Valuev in 2009

The Londoner looks set to end his career permanently after an unsuccessful shoulder surgery last week but there's certainly been no shortage of memorable nights for the sport's fans to look back on.


After bouncing back from defeat to Carl Thompson, he rebuilt to win the European cruiserweight belt but Haye had to win his world title the hard way. Faced with a trip to WBC/WBA champion Mormeck's French stronghold, Haye was floored in the fourth round but exploded into life to turn the tide against the long-standing champion. His savage punching power dazed Mormeck to prompt referee Guido Cavalleri to step in and stop the fight.


Opinion was split beforehand over Haye's domestic grudge match against WBO champion Maccarinelli. With many believing the Welshman's power edged the Englishman's and also citing his vulnerability shown against Thompson and Mormeck, it was seen as a 50-50 fight. Haye stepped up in style, though, swarming all over Maccarinelli and knocking his rival senseless to unify three of the cruiserweight world titles.


Haye had already dipped his toe into the heavyweight division and after a clash with Wladimir Klitschko fell through, he turned to the giant WBA champion Valuev for his world heavyweight title shot. He sensibly opted to box the 7ft 2in giant rather than slug it out and looked classy en route to a close majority decision in Nuremberg, which saw Briton crown its first heavyweight champ since Lennox Lewis' retirement.


After talking the talk, Haye failed to walk the walk at the soaking wet Imtech Arena football stadium in Hamburg in his heavyweight unification showdown with the younger of the Klitschko brothers. Haye was unable to back up his distasteful and aggressive bravado by instead fighting defensively and losing with scores of 117-109, 118-108 and 116-110.


After trading blows in a press room in Munich, Haye and Chisora met at Upton Park in a genuine grudge match. In the ring, Haye's class shone through as he outclassed his fellow Briton. Chisora managed to take it to the fifth round but a brutal left-hook, right-hand combination proved the decisive moment.

Full David Haye factfile:

1980: Born October 13, in Bermondsey.

2001: Reaches final of the World Amateur Championships in Belfast, losing to Cuban Odlanier Solis in the third round.

2002: Turns professional and wins first fight in December, beating fellow Englishman Tony Booth.

2004: September - Loses for the first time, beaten by former WBO champion Carl Thompson at Wembley Arena in an IBO cruiserweight title fight.

2005: December - Wins EBU European cruiserweight belt, beating Alexander Gurov in Bracknell.

2006: Retains European title with wins over Lasse Johansen, Ismail Abdoul and Giacobbe Fragomeni.

2007: Begins his year with a heavyweight fight at Wembley Arena, and a first-round knock-out of Poland's Tomasz Bonin.

November - Wins WBA and WBC cruiserweight titles with victory over Jean-Marc Mormeck in France by seventh-round stoppage.

2008: March - Beats Welshman Enzo Maccarinelli in the second round at the O2 Arena and adds WBO title to his collection. Reveals he is to move up to heavyweight division on a permanent basis, and later gives up his cruiserweight titles.

November - Wins first fight as a full-time heavyweight, with a fifth-round TKO victory over Monte Barrett in London.

2009: June - Pulls out of planned fight with WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko due to injury.

November 7 - Takes on WBA champion Nikolai Valuev in Nuremberg and wins on points, with two judges favouring Haye and another scoring the fight as a draw. Lands first world title as a heavyweight.

2010: April 3 - Retains WBA world heavyweight title after John Ruiz's corner throws in the towel in the ninth round in Manchester.

November 13 - Beats Audley Harrison by third-round stoppage to retain WBA title for a second time.

2011: July 2 - Beaten by Wladimir Klitschko on points in world heavyweight unification bout in Hamburg.

October 11: The British Boxing Board of Control general secretary Robert Smith reveals Haye has emailed the board stating he does not wish to renew his fighting licence.

October 13: Haye officially announces his retirement on his 31st birthday, a date he always maintained would signal the end of his career.

2012: February 19 - Commentates on Dereck Chisora's points defeat to Vitali Klitschko in Munich and becomes involved in a fight with Chisora at the post-match press conference following comments relating to his loss to Wladimir Klitschko. Haye's manager Adam Booth is cut in the fight and a camera tripod is thrown.

May 8 - Signs deal to come out of retirement and fight Chisora. BBBoC refuses to sanction the fight, with neither fighter holding a license due to Haye's retirement and Chisora being banned for the fracas after the Klitschko fight.

May 18 - The fight is announced as a WBO and WBA title bout and licensed by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation.

July 14 - Beats Chisora by fifth-round stoppage.

2013: May 14 - Pulls out of scheduled bout with Germany's Manuel Charr due to a hand injury.

September 21 - Fight against Tyson Fury is cancelled after Haye suffers a deep cut while sparring. The fight is rescheduled for February 8, 2014.

November 17 - Cancels the Fury fight again and reveals he has been advised to consider retirement after surgery on a shoulder problem.

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