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[Boxing] David Haye beats Valuev


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Britain's David Haye put on a magnificent performance to claim the WBA heavyweight crown from Russian Nikolay Valuev in Nuremberg.

Haye, 29, won by majority decision, winning the fight on two judges' scorecards, with the other judge scoring it even.

Haye, giving away seven stone to the 7ft Valuev, fought the perfect fight, staying on the move and making the lumbering Valuev look every one of his 36 years with his speed.

With his win, the Londoner becomes the first Briton to win a world heavyweight crown since Lennox Lewis retired in 2003.

In addition, Haye is also only the second former cruiserweight champion to win a portion of the heavyweight crown, after four-time champion Evander Holyfield.

As well as going down as one of the greatest wins by a British fighter abroad, Haye's victory injects some much-needed vim into a previously moribund heavyweight division.

Approximately 10,000 were in attendance at the Nuremberg Arena, including a sizable and vociferous British contingent, to see David do what many thought was impossible and slay Goliath.

Even more remarkable, Haye managed to do it with a suspected broken right hand, which trainer Adam Booth said gave way in the third round.

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Great fight good to have a world heavyweight champ who's British not sure if he can beat the Klitschko(s) though!

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(Y) Amazing, I was semi-listening to the commentry and didn't think he would win it.

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That Russian is huge, but more importantly DAS BOOT!!!. :D

Yay, Weizenbier! :D

Saw the fight, had fun....:)

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