Haye Versus Harrison: Best of Enemies

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When British boxing phenomenon and WBA World Heavyweight champion David Deron Haye was born 13 October 1980 in Bermondsey, South London, his parents had an inkling what their son’s profession would be as soon as they set eyes on their new baby boy. "My parents said I had the look of a boxer as soon as I arrived," jokes Haye. "I had a black eye, clenched fists and looked like I’d just done 12 rounds with Mike Tyson."


As a child, Haye developed a fascination for kicking and punching from Chinese martial arts and boxing movies. His father recognized his interest in combat sports and enrolled him in a Karate class.  It wasn’t long before he put on his first pair of leather gloves, embarking on a sterling career that saw him as part of Great Britain’s gold medal winning team at the 2004 Athens Olympics. The heavyweight champion is dubbed ‘the Hayemaker’ in tribute to his killer knockout punch. ‘Hayemaker’ is a wild knockout swing used in street fighting.


Haye has had a love-hate relationship with sports pundits. In his March 2005 fight with America’s former IBF cruiserweight champion ‘King’ Arthur Williams, Haye was scorned as being too arrogant, inexperienced and rough around the edges for his American opponent.  After the fight, Williams who was dispatched in three rounds said of Haye: "I think he’s going to be one of the greatest fighters in the future.  He’s not just any ordinary fighter. A lot of people said it was a really dangerous fight for me. I’ve now seen it with my own eyes. He’s real fast and slick, and I don’t think anybody’s going to beat him." Haye disposed of Welshman Enzo Maccarinelli in less than two rounds on March 9, 2008 in London’s O2 Arena. In the fight that capped his impressive unification of all the major world cruiserweight titles within a four-month period, David Haye became one of the sport’s most celebrated cruiserweight cross-over fighters since Evander Holyfield. The new champion said of his accomplishments, “It is nice to know that the cruiserweight division is now cleaned up. It is time to move up to heavyweight and fix that disgraceful division.”

With a record of 21-1 fights and 20 knockouts, Haye now plans to replicate his success as a cruiserweight champion by unifying the heavyweight titles. Playing ‘David’ to WBA world champion Nikolai Valuev's 'Goliath' in November 2009, David Haye lifted the WBA heavyweight title. Despite standing a diminutive 6-feet-3-inches to ‘The Beast’s 7-feet-2-inch, 'The Hayemaker' toppled the giant, going the entire 12-round distance of the fight. Finally installed as a world heavyweight champion, Haye defended his new heavyweight crown against the challenge of John Ruiz in April 2010. The Hayemaker battered Ruiz within the first 20 seconds of the fight, continuing his assault for another eight rounds and dropping his opponent in the ninth round. The American veteran hung up his gloves soon afterwards.

Haye’s heavyweight title unification quest continues on November 13, when the WBA champion defends his crown for the second time; this time against countryman and former Olympic gold medalist Audley 'A-Force' Harrison. Haye says of the fight which will be aired live on Sky Box Office: “I think it's now time for me to go out there and close the Audley Harrison show once and for all. There is nobody better at destroying hype-jobs than I am”. In a recent CNN interview on Connect the World, Becky Anderson asked the Champion  which of the boxing greats he would have liked to fight. Haye answered he would have loved to fight his hero Evander ‘Real Deal’ Holyfield, but says of boxing legend Muhammad Ali: ‘I couldn’t beat him. He’s the greatest’.  The Harrison – Haye clash comes up in Manchester England on November 13.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 March 2011 09:04
Written by Deuce

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