A high percentage of the media and sports fans judge the boxing career of David Haye boxing career on one contest: his lacklustre display against Wladimir Klitschko in 2011. It is worth remembering that Dr Steelhammer – one of the most dominant heavyweight champions of all-time – was at the peak of his powers and had significant physical advantages over David Haye in their Hamburg clash. One loss does not define a fighter. Haye’s career deserves more credit than that.
A silver medal as an amateur in the 2001 world championships. A European title as a professional, won by blasting out Alexander Gurov in under a minute in 2005. Rising from a knockdown on foreign soil to win a cruiserweight title in 2007 – a rarity for a British fighter. Unification at cruiserweight in 2008 – something seldom achieved. All this happened years before any heavyweight fights in Germany. Irrespective of how David Haye performs in his comeback, as time passes his already outstanding career will be assessed with a greater degree of objectivity.
Here we look back at some of his greatest performances.