HayeDay: David Haye vs Mark De Mori LIVE

Five years ago, David Haye was top of the world. A heavyweight champion and national hero, Haye had it all: the money, the fame, and one of the biggest fights of the decade lined up against Wladimir Klitschko.

But five years is a long time in boxing. After the glory days on Sky Sports PPV, Haye’s comeback fight will versus Mark De Mori on Saturday will be screened on the home of witter banter: Dave.
 

 

Dave on Dave

It might make for an easy three word advert, but it’s not where Haye would have imagined himself after filling up football stadiums and fighting in front of global audiences of millions. After his performance against Klitschko, Haye took off his boots and blamed it on an injured toe. The public was not impressed. But Haye rebuilt, and regained their respect with a spectacular knockout of bitter rival Derek Chisora.

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A new beginning

Haye has dismissed the rumours of marriage problems and financial difficulties and said he’s coming back for the love of the game. But they always say that. Haye has a new trainer in Shane McGuigan. His comeback fight versus Mark De Mori will be first without Adam Book in his corner since turning pro.

There’s big possibilities around the corner. Haye was licking his lips at ringside watching Anthony Joshua rocked by Dillian Whyte last month. He knows his fast hands and supple footspeed are a major threat to Joshua’s heavy legs and lack of head movement.

There’s also a long-overdue, twice cancelled grudge match with new world champion Tyson Fury . And don’t forget WBC belt-holder Deontay Wilder either. Haye and the Bronze Bomber have history too.

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The salesman returns

Haye has taken a new approach to the promotion of his return to the ring: a partnership with Lad Bible (tragically, the ninth most popular website in the UK, ahead of any newspaper) and countdown Tweets from his celebrity friends have accompanied the traditional appearance on mainstream chat shows and tabloid newspapers. Always a master publicist, Haye may finally be struggling to win back a British public that has moved on since his heyday.
 

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The man in the opposite corner

Haye (26-2, 24 KOs), 35 will be taking on Mark De Mori (30-1-2, 26 KOs) over 12 rounds in a non-title showdown at the 02 Arena. The Australian, who moved to Croatia to train with an  ex-Olympian, has faced modest opposition and the footage doesn’t suggest he’ll offer much of a threat.

But he’s big and he’ll come to fight. And he’s done his best to help hype the fight, headbutting Haye at the press conference and mocking British sporting prowess in the press.

 

The supporting cast

The chief support bout for the fight was scheduled to feature his fellow Australian, ex-champ Billy Dibb. But Dibb has since pulled out injured.Promoters consistently claim that the undercard matters little to the casual viewers. But a great supporting bout can create a new star in the sport or a new fan of it, or save a show’s reputation if the main event is a letdown. Dave will now only be showing highlights of the supporting bouts

A lot can change in five years in boxing. As much can change in a week. Haye still has time for a few marketing stunts, and a freeview audience of many millions more than the subscription platforms he has fought on for decades. Throw in some blood and guts on the undercard and a spectacular KO to finish, and the future could still be bright for Dave.

Coverage starts at 9pm, and the main event is slated to begin at 9.45pm. Join us here from 8.30pm for live coverage of the night’s action.

  Hayeday: David Haye vs Mark De Mori LIVE (01/16/2016) 
8:30
And we’re live! Haye vs De Mori. The Hayemaker returns to take on the Dominator.
Saturday January 16, 2016 8:30 
8:31
The main event is scheduled to begin at 9:45pm. Dave go live from 9:00pm with highlights of the undercard and build-up to the big fight.
Saturday January 16, 2016 8:31 
8:36
The O2 Arena in Haye’s hometown of London is the venue for tonight’s action
Saturday January 16, 2016 8:36 
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It opened in June 2007, and has a capacity of 20,000. In 2014, it was named the world’s busiest arena, with 1.82 million tickets sold
Saturday January 16, 2016 8:38 
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It’s been a happy hunting ground for Haye in the past. In 2008, he stopped Enzo Maccarinelli and Monte Barrett in consecutive fights there.
Saturday January 16, 2016 8:39 
8:40
The rumours are that ticket sales for tonight have been below expectations as Haye’s past pull outs have left fans concerned that tonight could have been another cancellation.
Saturday January 16, 2016 8:40 
8:42
But tonight that’s not the case. At yesterday’s weigh-in. Haye was a career high 95kg on the scales. De Mori weighed in at 110kg.
Saturday January 16, 2016 8:42 
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Saturday January 16, 2016 8:43 
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The tale of the tape
Saturday January 16, 2016 8:50 
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De Mori talked a good game in the build up.
Saturday January 16, 2016 8:56 
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“To all the Brits out there – you suck at rugby, you suck at cricket, and on January 16 I’m going to prove you can’t box either.

“David Haye – I’m going to knock you out.”

Saturday January 16, 2016 8:56 
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And he tried to put his head on head at the final press conference.
Saturday January 16, 2016 8:57 
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Saturday January 16, 2016 8:57 
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But Haye was unimpressed.

“Mark de Mori – I heard you say England suck at rugby, cricket and football. Well, believe me, you play all those sports.

“In boxing, you don’t play, you fight. The only chance you’ve got is if you had a whole rugby team in there with you.

“You’re getting knocked out – trust me.”

Saturday January 16, 2016 8:58 
9:01
And we’re live on Dave!
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:01 
9:02
Paul Dempsey is your host, and Haye’s friend, the cruiserweight prospect BJ Flores, will be providing expert analysis
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:02 
9:03
We’ve had the Rumble in the Jungle, the Thrilla in Manilla, now it’s time for THE MELEE IN GREENWICH. IT’S ON! #HayeDay
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:03 Dave
9:04
BJ Flores: “David Haye tonight can go out and erase andy memory has of that Wladimir Klitchscko performance”.
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:04 
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After 1,281 it’s time to get back to work and do what I do best. 👊💥 #HayeDay #AintNoStoppingUsNow pic.twitter.com/828ciWUTeG
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:04 David Haye
9:05
Haye is reminiscing on Dave about his last fight, the explosive KO of Derek Chisora.
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:05 
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Saturday January 16, 2016 9:06 
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It was a rematch of sorts. The two had previously brawled after Chisora’s brave defeat to Vitali Klitschko.
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:07 
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Saturday January 16, 2016 9:07 
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De Mori’s last bought was in Germany against journeyman Marcel Zeller (24-14). De Mori won by TKO in the first round.
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:10 
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The Australian has never had it easy. He spent much of his childhood in hospital with chronic asthma. He taught himself to box in his father’s garage using YouTube videos. For the last two years, he’s been living in Croatia, training at the Odjebi training centre in Split.
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:13 
9:16
He’s not been given a big chance by the bookies:

David Haye: 1/33
Draw: 33/1
Mark De Mori: 10/1

Saturday January 16, 2016 9:16 
9:17
A DJ is playing in the arena.
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:17 
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Dempsey says the event is a sell-out.
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:17 
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Chris Eubank Jr is being interviewed backstage.
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:18 
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Chris Eubank Jr no ha querido perderse el regreso del Hayemaker #HayeDay pic.twitter.com/ZefPyQDHO7
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:18 JuliusJulianis
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He’s picking Haye by KO.
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:18 
9:22
The undercard has already taken place, so the audience are being treated to some unknown pop stars on the stage.
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:22 
9:24
David Haye needs to stop talking about Anthony Joshua and focus on Mark de Mori. Only takes one punch at heavyweight. #HayeDay
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:24 Chris Smith
9:26
Haye’s been accused of a lacking focus in the past, and that, together with a recurrence of his shoulder injury, may be De Mori’s best chance of a victory.
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:26 
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Haye’s return is that rare occasion of a big fight being shown on free TV.
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:27 
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The David Haye fight is on Dave, more fights need to be free like this
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:27 
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Not all the viewers are as enthused.
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:28 
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Di Mori comes in with that “couldn’t care less attitude” A bit like the viewers then
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:28 Galaxxy Shep
9:29
The long odds are seeing some late money going on De Mori.
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:29 
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mark de mori has a good chance of winning tonight at 10/1 has to be worth a few notes. #NoMug 👊🏻
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:29 locko32
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Boxing historian and Sky Sports pundit Spencer Fearon is less convinced.
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:30 
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This fight ain’t going three rounds twitter.com/shawmati/statu…
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:35 Spencer Fearon
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Excited to announce that the explosive opening act for my fight tomorrow night is hitmakers @sigmahq 👊🏽💥💥💥💪🏽 pic.twitter.com/A9rIr596Fp
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:38 David Haye
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In case I insulted any of their fans, the musical opening act for Haye was Sigma.
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:38 
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IT’s TIME!
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:39 
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From Australiaaaaaa Marrrrrrrk De Morrrrrrri
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:39 
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De Mori comes out to Marilyn Manson.
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:39 
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A hostile reception for De Mori, but he looks calm and focused on his way to the ring.
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:41 
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And now, ladies and gentlemen, after a long three and a half years, please welcome to the ring, two weight world champion, the Hayemakerrrrr…DAVIIIIIIIID HAAAAAAYE!
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:42 
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Haye is taking his time to make his entrance, with a white and gold trimmed gown.
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:42 
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He’s accompanied by new trainer Shane McGuigan. It’s their first fight together.
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:43 
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Haye makes his way to the ring with a big smile on his face to a remix of his career-long entrance music, Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:46 
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Ron McIntosh will be calling the action on Dave. BJ Flores has joined him for the expert analysis.
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:46 
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The referee is Watford’s Bob Williams.
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:47 
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Saturday January 16, 2016 9:47 Mark Sloane
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Saturday January 16, 2016 9:48 fightupdate
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Well it’s been a long 3 and a half years seeing this guy in the ring again💪🏻😁 #HayeDay #DavidHaye pic.twitter.com/ZaPluajKtm
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:48 Tom Fielden
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The boos reign down as De Mori’s name is announced.
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:48 
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Thunderous cheers for Haye. It looks he hasn’t lost his fan base.
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:49 
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Haye is wearing white trunks with a gold trim, De Mori in all black like his hero Mike Tyson.
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:50 
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They touch gloves.
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:50 
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The first bell rings!
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:50 
9:53
Round 1

Haye on the front foot, jabs upstairs. Looks loose and relaxed. BIG RIGHT HAND BY HAYE! De Mori shaken. Haye keeps him on the back foot, throwing combinations, mixing in shots to the body. DE MORI DOWN! KO1!

Saturday January 16, 2016 9:53 
9:54
David Haye wins by first round knockout


De Mori is still on the canvas. He barely threw a punch before Haye took him out with under a minute to go in the first round.

Saturday January 16, 2016 9:54 
9:55
De Mori is back on his feet, but being administered oxygen. The referee waved it off without a count..
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:55 
9:56
Haye rocked him with a counter right hand, his signature Hayemaker, and followed up with a brutal combination.
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:56 
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De Mori was out before he hit the floor.
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:56 
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David Haye is back!
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:56 BOYD
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Not everyone is impressed with the victory.
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:57 
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David Haye fighting greggs employees #HayeDay
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:57 SPECS
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Footage of the finish:
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:58 
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Saturday January 16, 2016 9:58 NextBritishFight
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The ring announcer takes the mic. “He’s back! The Haymakerrrr!!! Daviiiiid Hayeeeeeee!”
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:59 
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Warm applause for Haye, a few unsporting boos for De Mori.
Saturday January 16, 2016 9:59 
10:00
Haye thanks the fans. “A lot of people I assumed had given up on me.”
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:00 
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“I’m punching harder than ever.”
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:00 
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“I don’t believe any heavyweight out there can take that punch.”
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:01 
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“This new and improved version of me will go on and win heavyweight championships.”
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:01 
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“I had no nerves whatsoever.”
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:01 
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Haye admires his own work as Paul Dempsey shows him the replay. He’s always been an excellent finisher, and that was no exception.
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:02 
10:04
131 seconds to finish the job after 1281 days out … @mrdavidhaye is back … pic.twitter.com/72Qv3SUkBt
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:04 Gareth A Davies
10:05
Dempsey asks Haye about Fury. “I think a fight against Anthony Joshua would be far bigger,” say Haye. The fans cheer their approval.
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:05 
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Not really much we can take from that, we knew Haye was a murderous puncher going in. Needs to get some rounds in ASAP. Great finish tho
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:05 Tommy 'Guru' Allan
10:06
Brutal assessment of the night from legendary boxer commentator Ian Darke:
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:06 
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Haye first round win a total farce and shocking mismatch against a guy who didn’t throw a punch. Cynical and pointless.
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:06 Ian Darke
10:07
Haye’s trainer Shane McGuigan gives Haye “a six or seven” for his performance. He says training was “an uphill struggle.”
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:07 
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“I want to unify the heavyweight division”, says Haye.
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:08 
10:09
Dempsey giving Haye some tough questions, pushing him on his money issues. “I’d fight for free”, says Haye.
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:09 
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#HayeDay, for anyone that thinks it hasn’t sold well pic.twitter.com/GwKqMJfaGW
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:09 Martin
10:10
Haye’s got plans for a part. Dempsey wants him to behave.
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:10 
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Former Versace model Haye once got thrown out of a party hosted by Puff Daddy for trying to pull Jennifer Lopez.
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:12 
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Saturday January 16, 2016 10:12 
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Cocky David told Channelbee: “I have always prided myself on being able to pull any bird I want.

“It could have been David and Jennifer if the big British bouncer hadn’t ruined my flow.”

He continued: “She was looking at me so I slipped along the wall back and grabbed her hand and started chatting to her, flirting back and forwards.

“I looked round and pretty much the whole club was starring, all the boys thinking f***ing hell David’s trying it with Jennifer and Puff Daddy’s sitting right there!

“It seemed like it was going about as well until the bouncer turns round looks at me, and he proper scuffs me up.

“This guy was pretty large literally dragged me off of her embarrassing my a*** in front of everybody. I pride myself on being a bit of a lump.

“I told everyone ‘listen yeah she wanted me!’”

Saturday January 16, 2016 10:13 
10:15
Up next, Dave are bringing the best of the undercard action.
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:15 
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Great performance @mrdavidhaye Looking sharp, strong and BIG! Back in the mix now 👊🏾 Who’s next?
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:16 Carl Froch MBE
10:17
First fight on the undercard is Richard Horton (9-5) versus Tony Dodson (31-8)
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:17 
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This fight is over six rounds. Dodson is a former British champ, but his best days are behind him. Horton is a relative novice, but should be the fresher man and has a great opportunity to make a name for himself.
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:23 
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Round 1

Busy first round, both men try to claim the centre of the ring and exchange punches on the inside. Dawson takes it but gets cut for his efforts.

Saturday January 16, 2016 10:27 
10:30
Round 2

Fighting in a phone booth, it’s a close second until Dodson drops Horton with a right hand over the top as the blood streams down his face.

Saturday January 16, 2016 10:30 
10:35
20-17 Dodson after two but that cut is not looking good.
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:35 
10:36
Round 3

Horton exploiting the gaps in Dodson’s defence, landing cuffing blows over that low lead hand. But Dodson hurts him in the third to take the round and go up 30-26.

Saturday January 16, 2016 10:36 
10:37
His corner having to close the cut after every round. Dawson immediately opens it again at the start of the fourth.
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:37 
10:37
The doctor stops the bout to take a look a the cut.
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:37 
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It’s a nasty one, very deep but it’s far enough above the eye to stop the blood obscuring his vision.
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:38 
10:40
Round 4

It’s another close round, with both men landing regularly. But Dodson edges it thanks to his cleaner work. Horton’s only chance of winning now is the cut or a knockout.

Saturday January 16, 2016 10:40 
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If the referee stops the fight due to the cut, Horton wins by TKO.
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:41 
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40-35 as we head into the fifth round.
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:41 
10:42
Love Tony Dodson… but the unlucky git would get badly cut if you threw half a dozen marshmallows at him
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:42 Anthony Leaver
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Round 5

Dodson’s low left hand and lack of head movement continue to make him an easy target, but he’s still outlanding Horton and edges another close round.

Saturday January 16, 2016 10:43 
10:44
50-44 now, as we head into the sixth and final round.
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:44 
10:48
Round 6

Horton knows this his last chance, and comes out swinging. He’s working Dodson over, but unable to make any real dent in the Liverpudlian. Big left hook from Dodson to end the round! But Horton just nicks it for me.

Saturday January 16, 2016 10:48 
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I have the fight 59-54 to Dodson.
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:48 
10:51
Tony Dodson wins by decision

The referee scores it 59-56, to the winner, Tonyyyyy Doddddsonnnnn.

Saturday January 16, 2016 10:51 
10:54
Dave take us backstage to interview David Haye before they go off the air.
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:54 
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“An amazing feeling”, says Haye.
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:54 
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The post fight interviews have been more of a challenge than the fight.
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:54 
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Here’s the rest of the results from the rather uninspiring undercard:
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:54 
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Saturday January 16, 2016 10:55 
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But tonight’s action was all about one man…
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:55 
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I’m back! Thank you to all the fans for coming to #HayeDay #AintNoStoppingUsNow pic.twitter.com/2UCqUYTuit
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:55 David Haye
10:59
It was the mismatch many predicted. Haye didn’t take a punch, and blew away the overmatched De Mori in two minutes
Saturday January 16, 2016 10:59 
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Saturday January 16, 2016 11:01 Dave
11:01
Does this spell the end of boxing on Dave? I imagine Mr Haye sees his future at more illustrious channels than the home of witty banter.
Saturday January 16, 2016 11:01 
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But who’s next for Haye?
Saturday January 16, 2016 11:01 
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Joshua and Fury are the obvious choices, but Eddie Hearn won’t want to throw in his prize possession with a dangerous fighter like Haye, and Fury is already booked up until the summer with the Fury fight.
Saturday January 16, 2016 11:03 
11:03
@Spencer_Fearon @mrdavidhaye What about @BermaneStiverne good durable and former WBC champ
Saturday January 16, 2016 11:03 nick riley
11:04
@Spencer_Fearon malik Scott / teper would be great tests
Saturday January 16, 2016 11:04 dpN.
11:07
David Haye vs Dillian Whyte is my bet for the hayemakers next fight
Saturday January 16, 2016 11:07 Aaron
11:12
That brings tonight’s coverage to a close.
Saturday January 16, 2016 11:12 
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memef3memef3
Saturday January 16, 2016 11:12 
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David Haye has already started the celebrations, but tougher tests lay around the corner on the route towards achieving his dream of unifying the heavyweight championship of the world.
Saturday January 16, 2016 11:13 
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Thanks for joining us tonight. We hope you enjoyed the evening’s coverage.
Saturday January 16, 2016 11:13 
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