After approximately two minutes, David Haye had completed his return to heavyweight boxing by easily dispatching his overmatched opponent Mark De Mori. In front of a sold out 02 arena, amongst a bizarre promotional production, Haye took centre stage a little after ten pm (GMT).
The proceedings went according to plan in what was clearly the “David Haye Show.” Had he lost it would have been extremely embarrassing. The Australian barely threw a punch and nearly every shot Haye unloaded with connected. After some early combinations a huge straight right dropped the Australian knocking him unconscious, job done. Thankfully after a short delay De Mori was back on his feet albeit with the assistance of oxygen.
In fairness nothing was learnt from last night’s performance, Haye is powerful and always has been and so it is not yet evident whether Shane McGuigan has implemented any noticeable changes to his style. His increase in weight the only distinguishable feature to have been altered at this stage.
The wheels are in motion, better opponents lie in wait, Haye made no secret of his ambitions,
“I want to get back in the ring as soon as possible, keep testing myself and work up the rankings to get a title fight.”
Meanwhile in the United States Deontay Wilder retained his WBC heavyweight title with a ninth round knock-out of Artur Szpilka. The Polish fighter pushed the American closely before he walked onto a Wilder right hand.
Immediately after the fight Tyson Fury, who was ringside, maintained his impeccable PR image, after storming the ring he demanded a fight with the “Bronze Bomber.” Expect that contest to occur if Fury can defeat Klitschko again in their rematch and once Wilder has completed his mandatory defence against Alexander Povetkin.