Haye bouyed by Hayemaker Team spirit


David Haye feels bouyed by training with so many talented fights which is all a far cry from Haye’s solitary training regime of old.

His Hayemaker Gym in London where he’s trained by Adam Booth is now a hive of activity with fellow Booth trained fighters IBF mandatory super-middleweight challenger George Groves, middleweight Andy Lee and cruiserweight Deion Jumah, as well as Gary Logan-trained up-and-comers Liam Shinkwin and Joey Taylor.

“It took some getting used to because I was so accustomed to being on my own and having empty space around me,” said Haye. “But, in the end, I really liked the feeling of having so many young boxers working out alongside me.

“I’m 32 now – ten years older than a lot of them – and the sight of hungry fighters in the gym gets me even more motivated. If you see your gym-mates working hard and pushing through the pain barrier, it makes you want to do the same. It forces you to go one better than them. You want to beat the scores of these younger and lighter boxers.

“I can relate to all of the boxers in the gym. I can relate to the youngsters just starting out – especially Deion, who is beginning his career in the same division I did – and I can also relate to guys like Andy and George, who are both on the cusp of world titles. George, in particular, has been with us since he turned pro in 2008, and I’ve worked with him all the way. He’s now preparing to win his first world title later this year.”

Haye will be cheered on at Manchester’s Phones 4U Arena come September 28 by the Hayemaker team.

“There’s a great team spirit in the gym at the moment and we’re all helping each other out in different ways,” added Haye. “The guys who have helped me with sparring, Richard Towers and Alexander Dimitrenko, have both provided me with excellent work so far. Dimitrenko is an upright, long-range boxer who is technically correct, whereas Towers is your typical Ingle-fighter, awkward, tough and game. They are a good combination and both are pushing me hard.

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