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Last Updated: Friday, 16 December 2005, 22:24 GMT
Haye hammer lands European title
David Haye
Haye is ready to take on the world
Cruiserweight David Haye snatched the European title from Alexander Gurov with an explosive first-round knockout.

The Briton announced his world-class punching power by flattening the champion with a searing right hand after just 45 seconds of the contest.

And he immediately called for a rematch with Carl Thompson, the only man to have beaten him in a 16-fight career.

"I want Thompson. I want to clear the only blemish on my record and I think I'm ready to do it," said Haye, 25.

I think I have four or five fights left at the division
David Haye

"I've got things just right mentally - this guy is a top fighter and I took him out with one punch - my power has been coming on so well.

"There was nothing he could have done to stop me - I could have done 100 rounds.

"The only one who could take me to the latter rounds is [WBC and WBA champion] Jean-Marc Mormeck."

Haye was untested by his Ukrainian rival in the Bracknell ring on Friday, but did reveal that making the weight was a problem.

"It was so hard getting down to the weight. I was walking around 20lb over the limit," he said.

"I think I have four or five fights left at the division. I need to clean up and then move up to heavyweight."


SEE ALSO
Haye out of Hobson grudge match
15 Jul 05 |  Boxing
Haye cruises past veteran Kelly
04 Mar 05 |  Boxing
Haye comes through Delaney test
22 Jan 05 |  Boxing
Thompson retains IBO title
10 Sep 04 |  Boxing
Macca launches Haye attack
13 Aug 04 |  Boxing



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