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Summary

  1. David Haye knocks out Mark de Mori in first round
  2. Fight at 02 Arena in London lasted just over two minutes
  3. Haye's first bout since July 2012 defeat of Dereck Chisora

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By Luke Reddy and Nate Williams

All times stated are UK

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David Haye beats Mark de Mori by KO

David Haye
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And with that ladies and gents, we will bow out. Not quite as quick as Mark de Mori, we showed a little more grit.

If you've just clicked in, David Haye took just two minutes and five seconds to demolish his Australian opponent. It took him three-and-a-half years to fight and then he batters through his man in less time than it takes to boil an egg.

Haye wants big things next, take a look at his quotes below. What do you think? 

Whatever your view, what cannot be denied is that the heavyweight division has another exciting angle. 

Thank you for being with us. For a look at our fight report, click here.

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Later tonight...

Deontay Wilder
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If that fight whets your appetite for some more heavyweight action and you don't mind staying up late, there's two world title fights in New York. 

Manchester's Tyson Fury may hold one half of the belts in the division with the WBA and WBO after beating Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf, but there are four men vying to be part of the heavyweight elite. 

After the IBF stripped Fury of their belt for taking the option of a Klitschko rematch instead of facing their mandatory challenger, Charles Martin and Vyacheslav Glazkov fight for the vacant title. 

And then the big-hitting Deontay Wilder, who has called out Fury for a future unification fight if he beats Klitschko again, defends his WBC crown against Polish fighter Artur Szpilka. 

'The biggest fight on the planet'

David Haye v Mark de Mori

Back to business, could we see these two going at it soon?

David Haye's words seem to again zone in on Anthony Joshua. He said this week that this could be "the biggest fight on the planet" and AJ got special mention again in his post-match chit-chat.

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Haye KO in battle of the hairstyles

David Haye v Mark de Mori

One thing we can say about that fight is that it did not say much for the standard of hairdressing globally.

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Who's next for David Haye?

David Haye wins

Tony Bellew
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Liverpool cruiserweight Tony Bellew has said he fancies his chances against Haye and says a future clash between them is possible. 

Bellew has been dining with Sylvester Stallone this week to celebrate the UK release of the latest Rocky film, "Creed," where he plays a lead role. 

“I caught up with David at the Creed premiere and we got talking to see if a fight between us two is possible," Bellew told BBC Sport. 

"I think fighting David Haye makes good sense and good business. We’re talking about it and hopefully something down the line can happen. I don’t fear anyone and I’ve faced the best fighters in the world so to fight a former heavyweight champion of the world would be a great testament to me."

'Explosive and dangerous'

David Haye wins by first round knockout

David Haye
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Former Olympic champion and opponent of David Haye, Audley Harrison, says David Haye's return to the heavyweight scene is a 'dangerous' one. 

Good fire power, explosive and dangerous for any heavyweight in the division. #hayedemori 👏🏾👏🏾👊🏾

'I want to unify'

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David Haye celebrates
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More from David Haye as he reacts to his first-round knockout win: "I want to unify the heavyweight division. I set my plan out to do that and fell short. I am going to make  a serious run at this division. The titles are all over the place. It will take someone like me to clean it up."

'Fury doesn't want me'

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As one might expect, the name of Tyson Fury is not far away as David Haye is interviewed by Dave TV: "I think he's a good fighter, very good. It's a shame he doesn't want to fight me. I think we all know why, when he sees punch power like that."

Reaction

David Haye wins by first round knockout

David Haye
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IBF world champion Carl Frampton sends his congratulations and rising talent Callum Smith gives us his thoughts...

Poor opponent but lovely shot to finish 👏🏼 Be interesting to see where he goes next

'Work to a title fight'

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David Haye celebrates
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More from David Haye on Dave TV: "I had no nerves whatsoever. This is where I belong. I need to live here. 

"That shot was enough, he was gone but there were a few others to send him on his way. I can't see any heavyweight taking those shots. I'm not easy to hit, so how would someone go about beating that?

"I want to get back in the ring as soon as possible, keep testing myself and work up the rankings to get a title fight."

'The shoulder felt fine'

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A shoulder x ray
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David Haye speaks to Dave TV: "It's been amazing. I would like to thank each and every fan that have come out. I assumed a lot of people would have given up on me. It's been a tough road but I'm finally back. I felt so cool and calm in there. I don't believe any heavyweight in there could take those punches.

"The shoulder feels better than it has before. I have spent two years re-habbing this shoulder. I feel this new and improved version of me will go on and win heavyweight championships.".

Haye returns with a knockout

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David Haye celebrates
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It's official, David Haye's return lasted two minutes and five seconds. Many will be grateful it was not on pay-per-view.

David Haye wins with a first-round knockout

David Haye v Mark de Mori

David Haye and Mark de Mori
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"I'M BACK, I'M BACK," screams David Haye as he stands on the ropes.

Mark de Mori needed some medical treatment and rose to his feet with an oxygen mask on after that KO. He took a blow which would have floored an elephant.

It makes one wonder how De Mori had just one loss in his career if someone can walk through him like that.

David Haye wins with a first-round knockout

David Haye v Mark de Mori

A replay of the decisive blow does not make for nice viewing. David Haye lured his man in. He begged him to throw a shot and as a timid flick of the De Mori fist came the way of Haye, the gap was left for a punch to pummel through.

It's a straight right which lands slap-bang on the cheekbone. Goodnight.

David Haye wins with a first-round knockout

David Haye v Mark de Mori

By my record there was around 50 seconds of round one remaining.

KNOCKOUT - Round One

David Haye v Mark de Mori

David Haye
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Left misses, right misses, right to the ribs lands from David Haye. Oooff, that will take the wind out of you.

He has his man cornered, three shots come in, a big left hook rattles Mark de Mori, this will not last long. 

The combinations are plentiful. Suddenly a pause and then CRASH... an overhand right - it's straight, it's brutal, it's over. De Mori is flattened, tangled in the ropes.

Round One

David Haye v Mark de Mori

White shorts and long black socks for David Haye. He gets an early combination off. Mark De Mori tries a looping right but another combination comes back. A good start from the Hayemaker.

Round One

David Haye v Mark de Mori

David Haye
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Here we go,,, seconds out, first round.

David Haye v Mark de Mori

London 2012 bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo has his feet up in front of the TV but question is, how long for? 

This is the first time UK TV channel Dave, known for its comedy, has shown boxing on terrestrial television joining the ranks of Channel Five. 

Hold my horses. I put Dave (TV) on to catch up on some Mock The Week from 2002 and it's boxing. Lovely jubbly 😏

Hold my horses. I put Dave (TV) on to catch up on some Mock The Week from 2002 and it's boxing. Lovely jubbly 😏

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Mark de Mori strips down to his t-shirt - interestingly when David Haye was parading around the ring he gave his opposite number a little nudge in the back which didn't go down well.

More boos for De Mori as his name is read. Over to the Hayemaker and our MC proclaims he is "making a welcome return to the ring."

The crowd are playing up to this, whooping with every raise of Haye's gloved fist.

Talking nearly over

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David Haye
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Not all about tonight

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Renowned trainer Dave Coldwell - who looks after Tony Bellew - gives us his view on Twitter.

100% @mrdavidhaye brings interest to the division. But don't judge how far he goes on how quick he gets rid of this guy. #boxing

Bulking David?

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David Haye
David Haye

David Haye weighed in for this fight at 16st 3lb and 5oz - the heaviest he has ever been. 

Some have said that was done to be able to take more of a punch, others say it is just age.

"It’s helped around my joints," Haye, 35, told iFLTV. "I carry it well. I’m not bulked up in any way. I’m focused more on quality eating."

Mark de Mori came in over a stone heavier at 17st 5lbs and 8oz.

Haye back in the mix...

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And - to a remix of McFadden & Whitehead's 'Ain't no stopping us now', David Haye emerges in a white gown with gold trim. Gold gloves, he claps them together and he's having a little sing song on the way to the ring.

There are confident nods, cheeky grins, the old trademarks. He stops at the ring steps to soak in his surroundings as the spotlights rain down. One fist to the heavens, the O2 responds with noise.

Ring walk II

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And over to our MC: "And Ladies and gentlemen, after three and a half years. Please welcome...THE HAYEMAKER... David Haayyyyeeeee."

Ring walk I

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And, slightly earlier than we anticipated, we seem to have ring walks.

Mark de Mori sports a black ensemble. A zip up with a hood has flashes of red on it. He looks serious to say the least as some heavy metal rings out around the O2. 

De Mori makes it to the ropes and has a confident stare at the masses. It's a gutsy stance, a few boos come his way. Hard to tell if this is all bluff? He must be rattling a little inside.

I'll weather the storm

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Mark de Mori and snow on Big Ben
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Given Mark de Mori is used to the warmer climates of Australia and Croatia perhaps it's unsurprising he quite candidly admits he does not like the weather Great Britain has served up this week.

"I don’t enjoy cold weather, I’ve been going from the gym to the hotel to the gym," said the 33-year-old. "I’m not here to enjoy London though so that’s what you’ve got to do.

"No one else is expecting much from me but I’m expecting much of myself. My history has always been when there's a big moment I’ve always responded really well."

A strong household...

David Haye v Mark De Mori

Mark de Mori
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Australian Mark de Mori is ranked as the 10th best heavyweight in the world by the World Boxing Association (WBA). 

The 33-year-old has built an impressive record with 26 out of his 33 fights won by knockout, and he has only lost once. 

He now lives in Croatia with his wife Marijana, who holds a Croatian record in weightlifting. 

De Mori had a tough childhood after growing up partly deaf and suffering from chronic asthma but as you can see, he's a very strong lad, particularly for someone who follows the vegan lifestyle. 

When will the fight start?

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If you are just joining us, we expect the ring walks at around 21:50 BST, so about 20 minutes until we see the fighters.

Fighters in the house...

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David Haye arrived in a leather jacket and white t-shirt looking pretty chilled it's fair to say. Mark de Mori strolled in wearing a black t-shirt and black jogging bottoms with a slightly more serious cut to his jib.

Hands are being wrapped, no turning back now.

Capacity crowd

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Telegraph boxing writer Gareth Davies informs us the O2 Arena is full for the return of David Haye.

It is jam packed here at the 02 Arena - we await @mrdavidhaye - view from my seat

It is jam packed here at the 02 Arena - we await @mrdavidhaye - view from my seat

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Darren Hall:@mrdavidhaye will win this inside 3 rounds. Needs more respect than he is given.

Chongzy88: #haye to win by Knockout in the 6th.

How will David Haye's career end? More glory, or with a humble beating? Tweet us on #bbcboxing.

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How will David Haye's return to the ring end? 

A stunning title victory in the coming years? Or a harsh slap in the face to overshadow his former glories?

Tweet us on#bbcboxing.

A man with a record

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David Haye v Mark de Mori
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Those of you who have seen footage of Mark de Mori in action will have noticed it all looks pretty low key and has the picture quality of a 1980s camcorder.

The big Australian packs a whack but tonight is a very different level. That is, of course, if David Haye can summon even a small portion of what we once knew.

#HayeDay

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David Haye
David Haye

Yes, let's get it out of the way, today is #HayeDay. 

My oh my, how did David Haye's publicity team think that one up?

Hardly the most inventive marketing cry but hey, many would argue it got the job done. 

The likes of England rugby stars James Haskell and Danny Cipriani have used the hashtag to talk the fight up. After this fight we return to normality so tomorrow is #Sunday.

We go again...

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Good evening folks as we welcome David Haye back from the boxing wilderness.

He once unified the cruiserweight division. He once held a world heavyweight title. He gave us a Wladimir Klitschko showdown...

Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye
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Now, after cancelling a contest with Tyson Fury due to injury in 2013, Haye returns to the ring.

Why? Money? He says this is about "legacy". He has some way to climb to reach former heights. Tonight is rung one on the ladder.

Is this wise?

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But boxing returns are not always the comic-book glory stories weaved by Sugar Ray Robinson and George Foreman. Sometimes they hurt. Sometimes they blur former glories.

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The return

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"People have got behind me. They remember the good old days and want some more of them."

David Haye.

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