The Big Question: What is your favourite memory from David Haye's career?

Boxing Monthly
12/06/2018 1:29pm

As former unified cruiser and WBA heavyweight champion David Haye retires, members of the BM online team pick their favourite Hayemaker memories...

The Giacobbe Fragomeni fight in 2006. The Italian, a former European amateur heavyweight champion who had former Olympic gold medallist and world light welterweight champion Patrizio Oliva in his corner, was giving Haye a torrid time. The Bermondsey man showed great guts and power to turn it around following a nasty cut, and the danger of the fight being stopped. It proved another important stepping stone (following the wake-up call defeat against Carl Thompson) on his way to world glory at cruiserweight. - Luca Rosi

The Jean Marc Mormeck fight for me. It seemed like a watershed victory for British boxing, the start of a new era. Haye was patient, composed and clinical. He showed that British boxers could go abroad and clean up when needed. The Enzo Maccarinelli fight is a close second, just for the sheer brutality and intensity shown by both men until Haye overwhelmed him. - James Oddy

The knockout punch he landed on Enzo Maccarinelli. - Colin Harris

Haye's knockout of Maccarinelli always stands out for me. At cruiserweight he had that explosive power and blistering speed. At heavyweight when he rocked Nikolai Valuev was a memorable moment too, considering the ridiculous size difference. The sight of the Russian's legs wobbling beneath his 7 foot frame never gets old. - Lee Gormley

As a fan: watching live at the O2 as Haye blasted out Maccarinelli to seal a great run at cruiser and then his exciting heavyweight launch against Monte Barrett when anything seemed possible. Watching on TV: the way he wobbled the giant Valuev. As a writer: interviewing Haye before the first Tony Bellew fight and once again feeling the excitement I'd felt as a fan all those years before. For sheer pathos: Haye's guts and spirit fighting on one-legged against Bellew. In short: I will miss him - a special talent whose charisma enlivened the sport. - Luke G. Williams

I have to go with the Valuev fight. Becoming a two-weight world champion against the biggest heavyweight adversary in boxing history. Not to mention Haye almost knocked him out in the final round. - Paul Zanon

The sensational knockout win over Mormeck in Paris. That was such a low-key affair for such a significant fight. I recall tickets being cheap (as were flights) and it remains one of two boxing trips I seriously considered that I regret not taking (the other being Terence Crawford vs Ricky Burns in Glasgow). Haye genuinely seemed like a ray of hope for the heavyweight division back then. - Andrew Harrison

The challenge with Haye is in separating the many successes from his later career failures. Many casual observers will only recall him via his over-hyped losses to Bellew or his sore toe excuses following his world title loss to Wladimir Klitschko. Even his 2009 capturing of the WBA heavyweight crown from the giant Valuev is tempered by the plodding, and limited nature of his hirsute opponent. The risk is that all this overshadows his outstanding achievements at his natural cruiserweight. For me the best memory is his climb off the canvas victory against Mormeck for his first word title. This Narrowly eclipses his explosive second-round demolition of Enzo Maccarinelli in their unification affair. I probably shouldn’t add this, but his shock 2004 defeat to the wily old campaigner Carl 'The Cat' Thompson also lives long in the memory! - Garry White

I think for me it was probably the Maccarinelli fight. I remember sitting there half asleep waiting for the 2am ringwalk time but when the action began it was electric. Haye cemented his legacy as a top five cruiserweight of all time that night, unifying three of the world championships and creating a genuine buzz around his upcoming heavyweight run. While his time at the top division didn’t deliver all we hoped, he brought excitement back to British Heavyweight boxing that hadn’t been seen since Lennox Lewis retired. - Callum Rudge