Flashback | On February 18, 2012 Dereck Chisora just suffered a defeat to Vitali Klitschko by unanimous decision. At the post fight conference contending heavyweight David Haye emerged and trash talking ensued which led to a massive brawl and scheduled fight in the ring 5 months later which Haye would win by way of a 5th round TKO.
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David Deron Haye (born 13 October 1980) is a British professional boxer who has held world championships in two weight classes. He is the first British boxer to reach the final of the World Amateur Boxing Championships, where he won a silver medal in 2001. As a professional he became the first British boxer to become a unified cruiserweight world champion in 2008, winning three of the four major world titles, as well as the Ring magazine and lineal titles. In the same year he moved up to heavyweight, winning the WBA title in 2009 after defeating Nikolai Valuev, who had a size advantage of 9 inches (23 cm) in height and 99 pounds (45 kg) in weight over Haye.
Along with Evander Holyfield, Haye is one of only two boxers in history to have unified the cruiserweight world titles and become a world heavyweight champion. Haye is particularly known for his unique boxing style which relies heavily on speed and athleticism. He also possesses exceptional punching power and has an 84% knockout-to-win ratio. In 2008, Haye founded his own boxing promotional firm, Hayemaker Promotions. Haye grew up among the town houses of the Peabody Estate, near the famous Tate Modern Gallery and around the corner from the South Bank tourist attraction, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
Haye went to school at Bacon’s College. His College principal Tony Perry remembers Haye as a ‘very athletic, very smart young man’. Haye started his ambition and passion for boxing at old-school boxing gym Fitzroy Lodge Boxing Club in Lambeth, South London, where he quickly impressed and confidently won his first amateur bouts. Mick Carney, who ran the gym where David began training from 10 years old, said of Haye: “He could whack as a kid. I think he chinned about three kids. But that made it really hard to get him matches. When you’ve got three first-round knockouts on your card everybody runs for the hills.” Of his upbringing, he described Haye as “a lovely kid. He comes from a beautiful, loving family. He wasn’t on the streets. He went to school, came to the gym, went home. His family bestowed love and affection on him. Bermondsey might have been bad, but he, his brother and his sister were nice people from a nice family.”