With David Haye announcing his retirement, we decided to look back at the distinguished career of the now 37-year-old.
A Bermondsey-native, Haye was a world champion at two different weights – and went lineal at one of them.
Arriving on the professional boxing scene at the age of 22, David Haye stood at the brink of boxing history in 2011 when he faced Wladimir Klitschko.
As his fiercely competitive heart finally gave in to a failing body, we decided to look back on a truly special career.
1. September 10, 2004 - Loses to Carl Thompson
Haye had started his career at a lightning fast 10-0, and in 2004 at the age of 24 received a chance to fight the 40-year-old champion Thompson for the IBO cruiserweight title. A quick start ultimately proved for nought, as Haye was halted in the fifth round.
2. December 16, 2005 - Wins European cruiserweight title
Haye fought Alexander Gurov of Ukraine in a Bracknell leisure centre in late 2005. Despite the decidedly non-glamorous surroundings, Haye secured one of the most important wins of his career.
3. November 10, 2007 - Becomes undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world
With a victory over Jean-Marc Mormeck in Paris, Haye became the undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world – just two years after fighting in that Bracknell leisure centre.
A seventh round stoppage immortalised Haye in British boxing history.
4. November 7, 2009 - Wins WBA heavyweight title
Having conquered the cruiserweight world, Haye turned his attention to the big boys. In 2009, Haye squared off against Nikolai Valuev of Russia in Germany, and captured his first heavyweight belt.
5. July 2, 2011 - Loses to Wladimir Klitschko
After defending his WBA heavyweight title, the Londoner met Wladimir Klitschko for a division unification fight. A 12 round slug-fest resulted in a unanimous decision for Klitschko, and Haye tasted defeat for only the second time in his career.
The chance to go lineal in two divisions had been spurned.
6. May 5, 2018 - Loses to Tony Bellew for the second time
After a corner stoppage ended his first fight with fellow Brit Tony Bellew, a rematch was delayed and speculated over due to Haye’s failing body. A torn Achilles had all but ended the first contest, and the second bout had many people flirting with the idea of his retirement should he lose again.
Halted in round five, and that seems to be what will happen.