David Deron Haye (born October 13, 1980) is a British professional boxer who has held world titles in two weight classes.
Haye is the first British boxer to reach the final of the World Amateur Boxing Championships, where he won a silver medal in 2001.
As a professional he became the first British boxer to become a unified cruiserweight world champion in 2008, winning three out of the four major world titles, as well as The Ring magazine and lineal titles. He then moved up to heavyweight and became the WBA champion in 2009 after defeating Nikolai Valuev, who had a world record 11 inches and 7 stone advantage on Haye. Along with Evander Holyfield, Haye is one of only two boxers to have unified the cruiserweight world titles and become a world heavyweight champion.
Haye is an unorthodox style of fighter who relies heavily on his speed and athleticism, and also carries exceptional punching power which has earned him the nickname of “The Hayemaker”. He boasts an 86.2% knockout ratio and to date he has defeated six world champions. In 2008, Haye founded his own boxing promotional firm, Hayemaker Promotions. Haye returned to the ring at the age of 35 on 16 January 2016 after a three and half year hiatus to score a first round knockout victory over Mark de Mori.