Paul Webb

David Haye (27-2 25KO’s) made easy work of Mark De Mori (30-2-2 26KO’s) stopping him inside a round at the O2 Arena in London. It was the former world champion’s first fight in over three years and he barely had time to blow the cob webs away, landing his jab with ease against the slow moving Australian.

It looked like it would be over early and when the finish came it was a concussive one. De Mori was backed against the ropes and shipped a vicious right hand counter that sent him unceremoniously to the canvas.

Referee Robert Williams rightly waived the fight off as De Mori, who hadn’t tasted defeat in ten years, was administered oxygen by the ringside medical staff.

Speaking to the excellent Paul Dempsey after the fight, Haye seemed very happy with his nights work.

“I feel so strong I’m hitting harder than ever before, I felt at home, I had no nerves, this is where I belong. I’ve been building the muscles back up around the shoulder for last year and a half and now I’m ready.”

Haye will likely have his sights on the Joshua fight but it was very hard to assess exactly what he has left in the two minutes of one sided action we got to see. Coming in at a career highest in weight may be an acknowledgment that he will be relying more on power than speed but his reflexes looked sharp and only time will tell in terms of how well his body, more specifically his right shoulder copes.

De Mori, who somehow held a top ten ranking with the awful WBA, ended his night in the hospital with a suspected concussion. Mismatches like this may serve a purpose but the risk it puts on the B-side fighter’s health can be severe.

All in all, a job well done for Haye, much tougher tests will follow but 16,000 sold tickets and a huge amount of PR in the build up shows he is still one of the biggest names in the UK and if Fury follows through on his promise not to fight him, then an all London clash against Joshua at Wembley for Summer 2017 makes a lot of sense.

Paul Webb is a freelance journalist who contributes to several other leading publications, including the acclaimed Boxing Asylum ‘Nut House Podcast’ on Sunday evenings. Follow Paul on Twitter at @paul_725.

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