Frank Maloney Praises New World Champion David Haye

david hayeBritish boxing has moved to the forefront of the world stage this past Saturday, when David Haye sensationally knocked out WBC/WBA Cruiserweight Jean-Marc Mormeck in the Frenchman's back yard of Paris. The people who have been tolling the death bells of the sport will have to keep at it because this was one of the best performances by a British boxer that I have witnessed in my 27 years in boxing.

It wasn't a classic performance necessarily but it was full of thrills and excitement as two gunslingers came together with the sole intention of blasting each other out.

Haye proved his boast beforehand that he is the most exciting fighter in the world today by climbing off the floor in the fourth round to stop the Frenchman in the seventh.

I've watched many fighters in my career and I've enjoyed many fights, but watching David Haye will put you on the edge of your seat. Not only can he fight, he brings the ultimate in excitement to the ring.

Haye has set the tone for all fighters in Britain; they mustn't be afraid to go anywhere in order to win a title. If you believe in yourself enough and can look good in winning, it doesn't matter where you fight or who you fight.

Haye is a throwback. If you look at his record, he has never ducked anyone and has always fought his best against whoever has been put in with him.

On Saturday night, David sent the handful of Englishmen in the Paris arena into raptures, while silencing the whole of France.

The boos and anger towards David Haye, and particularly my Union Jack suit, turned into cheers for Haye and everyone wanted to have their photo taken with the walking flag. It just shows you how a good fighter can turn a hostile crowd.

- Frank Maloney

Article posted on 14.11.2007

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