Haye’s professional and amateur boxing careers were highly successful, and he was known for his punching power, and ability to generate interest through high profile arguments and fast-thinking in press conferences other boxers would quietly sit through.
Probably slightly between weights, at 6’2″ he was a little small for a modern heavyweight, still he unified the Cruiserweight division, and won the WBA Heavyweight World crown beating the giant Nikolai Valuev.
His career became affected by injury in the latter stages, and Haye came off the worst from a feud with British cruiserweight Tony Bellew because he was unable to get to maximum fitness; he was twice injured in the ring against Bellew, the first time injuring his Achilles, and the second he was TKO’ed after several faltering attempts to get into the ring for a rematch.
This was to be Haye’s last fight, as he retired officially in June 2018.
He now works as a boxing promoter and pundit.