Ex-heavyweight champion in Spalding on comeback tour

RING CRAFT: George Fowler spars with boxing coach Paul Stewart.  Photo (TIM WILSON): SG200216-209TW
RING CRAFT: George Fowler spars with boxing coach Paul Stewart. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG200216-209TW

Ex-world boxing champion David Haye (35) has predicted “interesting times ahead” for himself and the sport as he finds himself firmly in the ring once again.

London-born Haye was the special guest of Spalding and District Round Table for their annual boxing dinner at Springfields Events and Conference Centre, Spalding, on Saturday.

Just six weeks after a 131-second demolition of Australian heavyweight Mark De Mori in his comeback fight at London’s O2 Arena, Haye is talking up his chances of ruling the ring world once again despite more than three years away from the fight game.

Haye said: “I’m just really good at knocking people out, pure and simple.

“When I get into the ring, big punches and knockouts are what I bring to the table.

“But I also realised that with hard work, dedication and learning your craft, you can progress.

When I get into the ring, big punches and knockouts are what I bring to the table

Ex-world boxing champion David Haye

“I remember being a young kid and meeting Frank Bruno at 12 years of age.

“He was a big idol of mine when I was developing as a boxer and now that I’m older, 
I’ve realised that the right word from the right person can make a big difference.”

Haye had time to watch a number of young fighters from Spalding Amateur Boxing Club pounding the gloves of coach Paul Stewart.

One of the fighters, George Fowler (16) of Whaplode, said: “I’ve been boxing since I was 12 when I started doing it just to keep fit.

“But then I got better and it became essential for my hopes of joining the Royal Marines.

“I look up to David Haye, being a former world champion and then coming back like he has done.”

Haye admitted to being “amazed” by his reception in Spalding where he was joined by new BUCS novice light-heavyweight champion Jack Bristowe and at least 500 other guests for a fight night at Springfields.

A number of young fighters from Spalding Amateur Boxing Club were put through their paces and punches by club coach Paul Stewart before nine bouts where fighters from the British Army were pitched in against a line-up representing the Police Boxing Association.

At least £10,000 was raised on the night in front of Haye who joined a long list of fighters, including current world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, ex-champions Frank Bruno and Steve Collins to grace the annual boxing night.

Knockout night with heavyweight Haye at Spalding & District Round Table boxing dinner