News | Jan 18 2016

David Haye reacts to his comeback victory

Haye wants to box again in three months' time, writes John Dennen
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DAVID HAYE insisted he was surprised Mark De Mori crumbled so quickly at the O2 on Saturday. “I had trained for it to go into the second half of the fight. I’d heard that he’d been practising keeping a very tight guard, walking forward, putting the pressure on,” Haye said afterwards. “I’d mentally worked myself up for him to come across the ring and just put it on me, like a [Dereck] Chisora would or a John Ruiz would. But the reality of the situation is I think it’s easy to say that but when you’ve got an opponent who punches as hard as I do, to get inside and land shots, he’s going to have to be in the danger zone.”

Haye, who was returning after more than three years out of the sport with a shoulder injury, hammered the Australian to defeat inside a round. “The opportunity arose and I let my hands go. I don’t think there are too many heavyweights on the planet who can take those type of shots in quick succession,” the Briton said. “I think the speed surprises people. I can see what they’re doing and block it, so what can they do?”

But he added that even he “wasn’t expecting a quick blowout like that”. Haye continued, “I was expecting it to be a tough fight and expecting maybe to be missing shots from time to time or getting clipped with shots. I was mentally prepared for a tough fight.”