David Haye’s savage 2008 KO of Enzo Maccarinelli remembered 

David Haye cruiserweight KO

David Haye is one of the most instantly recognisable names in boxing.

He’s known for his incredible power as his nickname ‘The Hayemaker’ reflects this. He competed in 32 total fights, winning 28 and 26 by knockout.

Haye competed at cruiserweight at the start of his career. Beginning in 2002, he would spend six years at the cruiserweight level.

After winning ten in a row, he tasted the first loss of his career against Carl Thompson in 2004. Though, he would always keep going and look to improve.

He would go on an absolute tear after this defeat and continue to win including six TKO victories. He would look to make it eleven wins in a row against Enzo Maccarinelli.

It was a bout that had a lot of hype as David Haye looked to add the WBO cruiserweight title to his already owned WBC and WBA championships.

David Haye
David Haye

He came into the fight with 20 wins and 19 knockouts having still only suffered one defeat. Haye was already a legendary cruiserweight and was planning to move up to heavyweight should this fight go as planned.

After an extremely cagey first round, ‘The Hayemaker’ came to life in the second. He rushed at his opponent and backed him into the corner during the flurry of offence.

The strikes were fast and thunderous as one heavy right hand sent Maccarinelli crashing to the mat. The referee waved it off as one of the most devastating Haye performances came to an end.

This capped off an impressive run in the cruiserweight division as Haye looked to move up to heavyweight.

After the fight he even implied that he would take on Wladimir Klitschko at heavyweight, though, that fight ended up taking place in 2011 with Haye ending up on the losing side.

He was ready to put the work in at the highest level and has an iconic career at both weight classes to look back on.

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