I sense David Haye would have described his winning return as ‘as one sided as a gang…’- no, probably wouldn’t be the best idea to quote the comments he made prior to his fight against Audley Harrison a few years back.
Haye was quick to speak of his desire for a 2016 fight against Anthony Joshua after stepping back into the ring after a three and a half year absence.
De Mori was in trouble early on as Haye began on the front foot, landing a couple of early jabs. The Australian didn’t help himself, offering no resistance and failing to keep his hands up before Haye landed two big right hooks and an uppercut followed by another right handed blow to send him to the canvas. The knockout resulted in ‘The Dominator’ requiring lengthy medical attention as his opponent soaked in the atmosphere.
The 33 year old De Mori was a picture of nerves as he made his way to the ring. His performance was reminiscent of something you would expect from a fan that had won the opportunity to fight live on TV at the 02 in a charity raffle. It was as though throwing a punch back didn’t even cross his mind.
It was a fight he should have never been a part of and, as a result, one that poses more questions than answers for Haye. He is no wiser as to where he is at in terms of his ability and who he is capable of facing this early on in his return from retirement.
What can we take from the fight? Haye did look loose and in good shape as he put his opposite on the back foot from the very beginning. He was his confident self and had the frame of a man that was never going to lose in front of 16,000 fans in his home town and one that was desperate to make his way back up the heavyweight division.
He still appears to possess the power in his punches that he had three years ago and claims he is in his best physical state ever. He weighed in at 16st 3lb 5oz- the heaviest he has been in his career. Following the match, he spoke of how he preferred the extra weight and how he believed he is punching harder than he ever has.
Haye admitted a fight against Tyson Fury was very unlikely, however claimed: “A bigger fight’s Anthony Joshua”.
Promoter Eddie Hearn later replied to a fan on Twitter asking about a potential fight between the pair, stating: ‘Too big not to happen’. We will see.