England ABA 1999 Multi Nations Tournament pennant MULTI SIGNED by team members including David Haye and Carl Froch. The pennant is also signed on the reverse side by the following fighters along with their divisional weight categories:-
Dale Robinson 51kg
Andrew Wallace 54kg
Steve Bell 57kg
Andrew McLean 60kg
Stephen Burke 60kg
Nigel Wright 63.5 kg
Daniel Happe 63.5 kg
Kevin Bennett 63.5 kg
Tony Cesay 67kg
Andrew Buchanan 71kg
Alan Page 71kg
Carl Froch 75kg
Courtney Fry 81kg
David Haye 81kg
This pennant is in excellent condition and measures 6" x 4"
David Deron Haye (born 13 October 1980) from England & current WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Haye is a former cruiserweight champion, holding the WBA, WBC, WBO and The Ring magazine cruiserweight titles.
Haye decided to vacate these titles in order to pursue his ambitions in the heavyweight division. His training camp is based in Kyrenia, in Northern Cyprus and he has worn the Northen Cyprus flag on his shorts alongside the Cross of St. George and the Union Jack in the past. He suffered his only professional loss against Carl Thompson. He has won Cruiserweight and Heavyweight World Championships.
Professional Career - Cruiserweight
Based in Bermondsey, London, England, Haye turned professional in December 2002, knocking out veteran Tony Booth in two rounds.
In 2002 he won 8 fights, 2 of which were in the USA, and won all by knockouts, the most notable being a 4th round KO of The Democratic Republic of Congo's Lolenga Mock where Haye had to come off the floor to win, and a 1st round KO of Tony Dowling where he picked up the English title.
Haye's fights were regularly seen on the BBC and his popularity began to grow in 2002, when he dispatched the 39-year-old ex-World champion "King" Arthur Williams in three rounds. However a match with 40-year-old ex-WBO champion Carl Thompson for the lightly regarded IBO belt proved disastrous. Early on Haye hit Thompson with everything in his arsenal, but late in the 5th round Thompson landed a series of punches to Haye's head. After further blows his corner threw in the towel, resulting in a TKO victory for Thompson.
Haye bounced back in December 2005, defeating Alexander Gurov for the EBU European title in just 45 seconds.
In January 2006, Haye signed a three year contract with former Lennox Lewis promoter Frank Maloney in order to further his World title ambitions. He retained his European title with defences against Lasse Johansen (TKO8), Ismail Abdoul (W12), and Giacobbe Fragomeni (TKO9).
Haye's cameo at heavyweight resulted in an impressive 1st round KO win over Polish fighter Tomasz Bonin, who at the time was ranked No.11 by the WBC and only had one loss to his name.
Cruiserweight World Titles
He challenged Jean-Marc Mormeck on 10 November 2007 for the WBA and WBC Cruiserweight titles. Haye defeated Mormeck with a TKO in the 7th round. Haye was knocked down in the 4th but later dropped Mormeck in 7th round with a hard uppercut. Mormeck beat the count, but the referee stopped the bout as Mormeck was deemed to be unfit to continue. The victory confirmed Haye's arrival as a genuine World class fighter because Mormeck was ranked number one by The Ring magazine.
This was expected to be Haye's last fight in the cruiserweight division, win or lose. Haye himself has admitted that he 'struggles to make weight' and feels that he can only box at '70 or 80 per cent' of his potential as a cruiserweight.
"We thank Frank for sacrificing Maccarinelli, but we’d feel immense guilt if we took any more free money from Sports Network. I have a hard enough time sleeping at night as it is"
David Haye on the prospect of working with Sports Network again. David Haye and Enzo Maccarinelli met in an all-British World Cruiserweight title fight in the early hours of 9 March 2008. British trade paper Boxing News produced a pullout special on the match. Widely billed as the biggest all British bout since Chris Eubank met Nigel Benn, few pundits could decide who would walk away the victor. As both fighters are massive punchers with excellent KO records a short fight was predicted. Haye won the match in the 2nd round with a stunning TKO.
Commenting on the fight and of the prospect of working with Frank Warren, Maccarinelli's promoter again, Haye said "We thank Frank for sacrificing Maccarinelli, but we’d feel immense guilt if we took any more free money from Sports Network. I have a hard enough time sleeping at night as it is."
Haye immediately announced the victory as his last fight at cruiserweight. He moved up to heavyweight and declared live on Setanta Sports, that he will retire on the year of his 31st birthday declaring that he will have 3 years of heavyweight domination. On 12 May 2008, Haye vacated the WBC cruiserweight title.
Campaign At Heavyweight
Haye has described the victory over Maccarinelli as "the final piece" in his cruiserweight jigsaw. Haye has repeatedly stated his intention to compete in the heavyweight division and emulate the success of Evander Holyfield.
Haye defeated heavyweight journeyman Monte Barrett at The O2 Arena in London on 15 November 2008, winning via TKO in the fifth Round, after knocking Barrett down in the third round.
WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko confirmed he would defend his title in a fight with Haye to take place on 20 June 2009, at Stamford Bridge in London. Instead, his younger brother, IBF and WBO heavyweight World champion Wladimir Klitschko agreed to fight Haye the same date in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. However on 3 June 2009, Haye pulled out of the fight citing a back injury. There was a suggestion that this fight might be rescheduled to later that summer, however Klitschko faced and beat Ruslan Chagaev on the original date that he was supposed to fight Haye for the IBF, WBO, IBO and Ring Magazine heavyweight title.
Haye then confirmed that he would meet the WBA champion Nikolay Valuev on 7 November in the Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg, Germany which Sky billed as David and Goliath. Apparently showing no fear of his 7 foot opponent, Haye said: ""He is the ugliest thing I have ever seen. I have watched Lord of the Rings and films with strange looking people, but for a human being to look like he does is pretty shocking."
Haye beat Valuev in an reserved display of accuracy and efficiency, countering Valuev's misses and he jabbed forward and circled his much larger opponent. Haye came close to knocking down Valuev in the final round with a hard left hand, which made Valuev stumble. A close majority decision was announced after twelve rounds, with scores of 116-112 (ITA), 116-112 (USA) and 114-114 (ESP). He is the first British boxer to win a heavyweight title since Lennox Lewis, and only the fifth Brit in history to win the title after Lewis, Bob Fitzsimmons, former WBC champion Frank Bruno, Herbie Hide (WBO) and Henry Akinwande (WBO).
Haye is the first and currently only boxer in the history of the sport to be seven or more stone lighter than an opponent in a World title fight and still come out victorious
On 3rd April, Haye defeated John Ruiz in his first title defence at the MEN Arena by TKO in the ninth round after knocking him down four times during the fight, only the second time Ruiz has been stopped. Haye immediately called out both Klitschko brothers, after claiming their recent challengers Eddie Chambers and Chris Arreola were a disgrace to boxing.
Haye vs Harrison
It was confirmed on 7 September, 2010 that Haye would fight Audley Harrison on 13 November, 2010 at the Manchester Evening News Arena. At the press conference for this fight the two fighters ended up swearing at each other on live television.
In October 2010, Haye stated: "So far I've done a lot in my career: I was the undisputed World cruiserweight champion - and that's my goal in the heavyweight division".
He also said he's planning to retire before his 31st birthday in 2011. On November 13th 2010 Haye defeated Audley Harrison with 1 minute 10 seconds remaining of the 3rd round by TKO. Southpaw Harrison landed one lightweight jab during the entire fight. He staggered to his feet after being knocked down, only for Haye to immediately pounce right back on him, hitting him with another flurry of punches. The referee intervened and ended the bout.
Haye attended Bacon's College in Bermondsey, South East London. His training camp is based in Kyrenia, Northern Cyprus and he has worn the "Northen Cyprus flag" on his shorts alongside the Flag of St. George and the Union Flag in the past. David Haye was awarded with the citizenship of North Cyprus due to his contributions to the North Cyprus.
Haye is married to Natasha and has a son named Cassius. He supports London football team Millwall. On Wednesday 20 October 2010, he was awarded an honourary doctorate from Anglia Ruskin University, at the graduation ceremony in the Cambridge Corn Exchange.
Carl Froch (born 2 July 1977), is a two time and reigning WBC Super Middleweight champion. He previously held the British title at Super Middleweight level, as well as the English title and also the Commonwealth belt.
Carl Froch began boxing at his home in Colwick, Nottingham at 9 years old. He later joined the Phoenix ABC in Gedling, near Nottingham. As an amateur he won two ABA middleweight titles in 1999 and 2001 and a bronze medal at the 2001 World Amateur Boxing Championships before turning pro and having his first pro fight in March 2002.
During his amateur career, he lost a fight to Denis Inkin, who he was scheduled to fight in a title eliminator in 2008, but Inkin pulled out on three occasions.
Froch has had 28 professional fights, with 20 knockout and 7 decision victories, suffering defeat only once.
Froch, trained by Robert McCracken and managed by Mick Hennessy, is the current WBC World super-middleweight champion.
In 2004, he won the vacant British and Commonwealth Championships. He has defended both against Brian Magee, Tony Dodson, Matthew Barney and Damon Hague, and the Commonwealth belt alone against Ruben Groenewald and Dale Westerman, earning him a Lonsdale Belt outright in the process and fulfilling a long-held ambition.
Following a victory over the Armenian Sergey Tatevosyan, on the 9 November 2007 at Trent FM Arena in Nottingham he stopped veteran ex-World champion Robin Reid, after which Reid retired.
He is a supporter of Nottingham Forest and has a season ticket, making him a popular figure among Forest fans. He occasionally trains at Forest's training ground when a fight is upcoming. He has also appeared on the popular Sky Sports Saturday Morning Football show Soccer AM the week before a fight. He has been a special guest at the City Ground on a number of occasions and received a warm welcome from the Forest faithful.
On 10 May 2008, at the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham Carl Froch stopped unbeaten Polish Albert Rybacki in the 4th round of a scheduled 12. Rybacki was drafted in as a last-minute replacement after initial opponent Denis Inkin pulled out on two occasions and no Top 30 fighter was willing to take the fight at two weeks' notice.
On 6 December 2008, Froch fought Canadian Jean Pascal for the vacant WBC super middleweight title and won after a hard-fought 12-round brawl. Both combatants showed enormous grit and determination, landing and taking huge shots from one another without even flinching.
Since the fight, Froch and Pascal have become friends on a personal level and have made a promise to face each other again in the future.
Pascal has since moved up to light heavyweight and become the WBC light heavyweight champion after defeating Adrian Diaconu. Pascal has since defended his title four times, including a bout against highly-touted American Chad Dawson, and a majority draw in home territory, against a 45 year old Bernard Hopkins that saw the only judge not scoring a draw awarding the fight to Hopkins .
On 25 April 2009, Froch fought Jermain Taylor in his first defence of his WBC super middleweight title, at the Foxwoods Resort in Foxwoods, Connecticut. Froch survived a third-round knockdown – the first of his entire career, amateur and professional – and, behind on two of the three judges' cards coming into the final round, he managed to stop his opponent with a stunning 12th round knockout.
After the fight, brewing with confidence, Froch was quick to send out a verbal challenge to unbeaten Welsh boxer Joe Calzaghe and was also quoted as saying "Kessler, Pavlik, Hopkins, I want them all to feel the force."
Super Six World Boxing Classic
On 13 July, Froch agreed to take part in the Super Six World Boxing Classic super middleweight tournament devised by American giant Showtime. The tournament features 6 boxers including Andre Dirrell, Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham, Jermain Taylor, Andre Ward and Froch himself. Froch's first opponent in the Super Six was Andre Dirrell.
The bout took place in Nottingham on 18 October and Froch's WBC World title was on the line. Froch won the fight and retained his title with a split decision victory over the previously undefeated Andre Dirrell. Two of the judges scored the bout 115-112 in favour of Froch, with the other scoring the bout 114-113 in favour of Dirrell.
Froch's next fight was against Mikkel Kessler, who lost the WBA Super Middleweight Championship to Andre Ward. Froch's WBC title was again on the line. In a closely fought contest in Kessler's home country of Denmark where both men had great moments throughout the fight, Kessler took Froch's title and inflicted Froch's first professional defeat via unanimous decision, the judges scoring the contest by margins of 116-112, 115-113 and a dubious 117-111. Froch later stated that the fight was close and that he believes the decision would have gone his way if the event had been held in Nottingham.
Froch faced former middleweight champion Arthur Abraham in the third stage. However, since an eye injury forced Mikkel Kessler to relinquish his WBC title and resign from the tournament, Froch-Abraham was for the vacant WBC super-middleweight title. Both Froch and Abraham came off of a loss in stage two of the Super Six. Abraham lost after a disqualification against former Froch victim Andre Dirrell, when Abraham landed a sweeping hook to the chin of Dirrell while he was down on one knee.
Froch put up the best performance of his career and shocked the boxing World to regain his WBC super-middleweight title as he dominated from start to finish to claim a unanimous points victory over Arthur Abraham in Helsinki. Many doubted Froch would last the distance against the powerful Abraham and that Abraham would knock him out,Abraham was also the favourite to win at the bookmakers. Frochs boxing style was also criticized saying he was just a slugger and was not a gifted boxer with a non existent guard always holding his hands down low,but Froch totally changed his style to fight Abraham shocking everyone and proved he was indeed a very gifted boxer by totally dominating the fight against Abraham. Froch had previously been overlooked in his own country and overshadowed by fellow boxer and countryman Joe Calzaghe but the fight with Abraham and the caliber of opponents Froch has fought back to back is now finally getting Froch the recognition he deserves in his own country and across the World. Froch won the fight against Abraham, with the scores given by the judges of 119-109, 120-108 and 120-108, reflecting the one-sided nature of the bout.
Froch was born in Nottingham in 1977 to an English mother (Carol) and an English father (Frank), his surname is from his Polish grandparents. Early in his life Froch wanted to become a footballer and play for Nottingham Forest, his local football team, and has stated that he would love to fight at the City Ground. Froch is an avid fan of Johnny Cash and is also a keen historian with regards to combat. He is married to UK glamour model Rachael Cordingley. In his column for the Nottingham Evening Post, he announced the birth of his first child Rocco who weighed 6 lbs 14.5oz.