The news has just fallen at the beginning of the week. Boxer David Haye is indeed trying his luck at poker and will therefore try to start a new career by going from punches to bluffs. An opportunity for us to reveal his sporting career to you and explain how he got there.
From boxing to poker
David Haye has let the whole world know that he now intends to retrain and radically change his career in the coming months, from boxing… to poker. But after all, aren’t these two activities just a matter of hands? It has become a fashion for boxers to announce radical career changes, like James Obst, for example, who has also just announced a change, also dreaming of other projects by putting himself in the cards.
David Haye the boxer
David Haye is therefore a British boxer, born in London on October 13, 1980 and who made a career in the light heavyweight category. He was titled English Champion and then European EBU Light Heavyweight Champion on December 16, 2005, after his great first round KO victory against Alexander Gurov. On November 10, 2007, he then became WBA and WBC world champion in Levallois Perret by beating the French Jean-Marc Mormeck thanks to a knockout on the 7th round.
He will then change category to become Heavyweight Champion. Indeed, on March 8, 2008 and after having dominated his compatriot Enzo Maccarinelli for the WBO title in two rounds, he decided to box in heavyweight. And it is on November 15, 2008, in London, that he will make his very first fight. A duel that will end with a victory, having beaten the American Monte Barrett in the 5th round.
Still in his quest for the title and his momentum, David Haye won the WBA heavyweight belt on November 7, 2009. It will then be a fabulous fight at the Nuremberg meeting and a victory in points, after 12 rounds by decision majority in front of the Russian giant Nikolay Valuev (114: 114, 116: 112, 116: 112). Haye will then retain this title on April 3, 2010 by beating John Ruiz by the referee’s stoppage on the 9th round. He will fight a second time, on November 13, stopping his compatriot Audley Harrison in the third round.
The decline of a champion
It was finally on July 2, 2011, in Hamburg, that he lost his title. It will be a defeat on points in the highly anticipated duel against Wladimir Klitschko; where the judges will be unanimous and in favor of Ukrainian: 118-108, 117-109 and 116-110. We are then October 13, 2011 and it is the anniversary of his 31 years. He takes this opportunity to announce his retirement. But he allows himself a last exhibition match on July 14, 2012 against his compatriot Dereck Chisora, whom he will beat in the 5th round.
In the process, on November 11, 2012, he will be the candidate of a reality TV show called “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!” Which can be translated as “I am a celebrity … Get me out of here!” “.
The return of a champion
4 years pass and he then announces his return to the rings. On this occasion, he fights on Saturday January 16, 2016 at the O2 Arena the Australian puncher Mark de Mori. A fight that ends with a victory for David Haye by KO in the 1st round when he is weighed at 103.5 kg, or 7 kilos more than during his fight against Wladimir Kiltschko in 2012.
It is his compatriot Tony Bellew, WBC light heavyweight champion, whom he will then face in a fight without a major title in play on March 4, 2017, in the heavyweight category. But he will then be the victim of a sprained ankle during the fight. A handicap which will inevitably influence the meeting during which Haye will finally be counted twice by the referee in the 6th and 11th rounds before his corner decides to give up by throwing in the towel. But he will then bow a second time in the rematch. A decision by the referee’s stop in the 5th round after being knocked down twice by his opponent. Now, if he goes to the mat, it will be to try to put all his chips into play …