David Haye is a former professional boxer from the United Kingdom and is best remembered for his reign as the WBA Heavyweight Champion of the World. He has also had stints as the Cruiserweight Champion having been the unified champion when he held the WBC, WBA and the WBO Championship belts. He was The Cruiserweight champion of The Ring as well apart from being the European Cruiserweight Champion too. Born on the 13th of October, 1980 in the South London region of England, Haye began to train to become a professional boxer at a very tender age at the Fitzroy Lodge Boxing Club in Lambeth, which is known to be a place that trains youngsters in the old-school methods, something that was already in the mind of Haye. It didn’t take long for this highly talented boxer to impress the men who mattered at the gym and he won all of the amateur bouts that he competed in. At the World Amateur Boxing Championships of 1999, David Haye fought in the Light heavyweight division but his lack of experience in such competitions ultimately halted his progression. At the same event in 2001, he competed in the Heavyweight division and after some brilliant bouts in the earlier rounds, he made it to the final where he lost in the final after three rounds and had to be content with the Silver Medal.
He turned to professional boxing in 2002 at the age of 22 years and in his first match, he knocked out Tony Booth in just two rounds. In 2003, Haye won seven consecutive matches via knockout and these wins brought him to the attention of the world. In 2004, he dispatched former champion King Arthur Williams after just three rounds and defeated another former champion Carl Thompson quite easily as well. David Haye won his first Cruiserweight titles in 2007, when he won the WBC, the WBA and The Ring belts and in 2008, he followed up his success by winning the WBO Cruiserweight belt as well, therefore, becoming the unified Cruiserweight champion of the world.
In November 2009, Haye went on to win the WBA heavyweight Championship of the world when he defeated Nikolay Valuev of Germany, a title which he defended only once before being defeated in a title unification match by Wladimir Klitschko. This loss greatly affected David Haye and he decided to call time on his career.