Former boxing champion David Haye appears in court to deny gig attack after being charged with assault

Former boxing champion David Haye appears in court to deny gig attack after being charged with assault

Former cruiserweight and heavyweight boxing champion David Haye appeared in court on Friday charged with assaulting a man in October 2021.

On Thursday, Haye was arrested at Heathrow Airport after arriving on a flight from abroad, before later being charged with assault.

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Haye is a former cruiserweight and heavyweight world champion

The 41-year-old, who is accused of attacking Nickesh Jhala at the Hammersmith Apollo in west London last year, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

During the appearance, Haye spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and enter a not guilty plea before being released on unconditional bail.

‘The Hayemaker’ was ordered to return to Westminster Magistrates Court for the trial on September 9 and warned that if he didn’t, he will face jail.

During the height of his 32-fight career, Haye held three of the four major belts at cruiserweight before moving up to heavyweight to test himself against the baddest men on the planet.

In 2009, he beat Nikolai Valuev over 12 absorbing rounds to win the WBA heavyweight crown, defending his belt against John Ruiz and Audley Harrison before facing Wladimir Klitschko.

Haye suffered a dominant decision defeat at the hands of ‘Dr. Steelhammer’ before blaming a broken toe on his defeat, an excuse that led to him facing widespread ridicule.

Haye won the WBA title after defeating Nikolai Valuev, who had a huge size advantage

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Haye won the WBA title after defeating Nikolai Valuev, who had a huge size advantage

Haye retired in 2018 after consecutive defeats to Tony Bellew

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Haye retired in 2018 after consecutive defeats to Tony Bellew


After beating Derek Chisora in 2012, Haye announced his retirement from the sport and attempted to launch a career in TV when he appeared on the reality TV show ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!’

Ultimately, the retirement didn’t stick, and the Londoner returned to boxing four years later, taking three tune-up fights before stepping into a highly anticipated grudge match with Tony Bellew.

The fight was pretty even until Haye suffered a leg injury in round six that caused him to fall to the ground twice and go into survival mode. Bellew then took control of the fight and ultimately forced the stoppage in round 11.

A rematch between the pair inevitably took place but on that occasion, it was very clear who the better man was. Bellew comprehensively beat Haye at the O2 Arena, stopping his opponent in the fifth round with a brutal barrage of punches.

Haye retired after the 2018 bout with 29 wins and a bunch of accolades to look back on. The British boxer has since carved out a career for himself as a pundit, a career that may be in jeopardy if he is found guilty of assault.

Source: Talksport.

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