David Haye made his return to the ring and scored a 1st round KO over Australian Mark de Mori at London’s 02 Arena on Saturday night.
The former undisputed cruiserweight and WBA heavyweight champion, was fighting for the first time in three and half years since defeating Dereck Chisora and took out Mori in two minutes and 11 seconds of the opener to launch his comeback in style.
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It was good to see the Haymaker back in the ring, but his opponent hardly through a punch and seemed to freeze, shame considering his pre fight confidence.
A big right hand from Haye was the punch that started a quick combination that sent De Mori to the canvas, lying on his back, referee Robert Williams’ counted him out.
Afterwards Haye spoke about what was next for him as he looks to big British clashes with Anthony Joshua and then heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury. Although Fury has said he would rather give the belts up than face Haye, after the Londoner pulled out of two schedule fights a few years ago.
“Tyson Fury is pretty clear about not wanting to fight me,” Haye said after his comeback win.
“I said I’ll work my way up the rankings, and he said he’d relinquish the belts instead of fight me so why bother (looking for a fight with him)?
“Why not go for bigger, better fights? A bigger fight’s Anthony Joshua. I believe that fight can be made later on in the year. I’m in shape, I’m punching hard. I’m a little bit older. It’ll make for a great fight. That’s the type of fight I want, that’s why I’m back in boxing. It’s the big fights, I need that.
“Fury’s a good fighter. You don’t go to Germany and do what he did (defeating Wladimir Klitschko). It’s a shame he doesn’t want to fight me but I think we all know why when you see power like that.
“I want to unify the heavyweight division. I set my plan out to do that many years ago and I fell short. I tried to come back against Dereck Chisora.
“I’m going to make a serious run at this heavyweight division. There are titles all over the place at the moment and it’ll take someone like me to clean it up.
“This was always going to be my hardest fight, the first back after three years out, the unknown.”