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Making Haye: The Authorised David Haye Story [Hardcover]

David Haye , Elliot Worsell
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27 Oct 2011

David 'The Hayemaker' Haye is the former WBA world heavyweight champion and the former undisputed (WBA, WBC and WBO) world cruiserweight champion. Haye is one of British boxing's most celebrated and successful ring champions of the modern era and has won twenty-three of twenty-five professional fights. He has twice been shortlisted for BBC Sports Personality of the Year and is now recognised as the face of British and world boxing. Haye was involved in the biggest heavyweight title clash for nearly a decade when he fought Wladimir Klitschko in July 2011, with the fight televised live in over 140 countries. Although Haye ultimately lost his belt, following a twelve-round points decision, his charismatic approach has reminded fight fans of a time when the heavyweight championship was the greatest prize in sport. This is the authorised story of how Haye reached this point, and details the ten-year rise of the boxer from a precocious World Amateur Champion. Crafted by close confidant Elliot Worsell, Making Haye offers behind-the-scenes, never-before-told insights into some of the most pivotal ring wars of David Haye's turbulent, and at times controversial, professional boxing career.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus; 1st edition (27 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780870205
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780870205
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'In Worsell, the fighter has been fortunate to find a sensitive and intelligent witness to his giddy rise' Donald McRae.

'Worsell takes his readers on an illuminating ride with Haye from precocious beginnings to world championships' Daily Mail.

'a fascinating story of a modern day fighter, told by a contemporary writer in a unique style ... well worth a read' Boxing News.

'it's a perceptive, honest and engrossing book, from which both men ultimately emerge with credit' Independent on Sunday.

'entertaining and informative' Guardian.

'an enlightening look into the kind of trials and tribulations fighters face during and after they put their lives on the line in the ring' The Sun.

'Highly recommended' Boxing Monthly.

'Elliot Worsell charts the Bermondsey boy's meteoric rise ... And he does so with sharp insight and freshness - and honesty enough to shock even Haye' Liverpool Echo.

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Making Haye is the authorised account of David Haye's ascent from amateur prodigy to WBA world heavyweight champion, as told by one of the few confidants the boxer has kept close by his side along the way. Elliot Worsell charts the Bermondsey boy's meteoric rise from world amateur silver medallist to world professional champion of both the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions. Haye was involved in the biggest heavyweight title clash for nearly a decade when he fought Wladimir Klitschko in July 2011, with the fight televised live in over 140 countries. Although Haye ultimately lost his belt, following a twelve-round points decision, his charismatic approach has reminded fight fans of a time when the heavyweight championship was the greatest prize in sport. Worsell has stayed alongside Haye through both the good times and the bad, and this loyalty ultimately unlocked doors that others found slammed shut. By spending extensive and revealing time with the boxer in training camp, Worsell has witnessed a side of the champion ordinarily shielded from the public at large, and is routinely the only man allowed close to the fighter in the precious hours before battle. Worsell has been privy to Haye's plans, insecurities and fears. As such, Making Haye offers behind-the-scenes, never-before-told insights into the most pivotal ring wars of David Haye's turbulent, and at time controversial, professional boxing career.


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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Before you pick up this book, know that it isn't necessarily a biography of David Haye, in the typical sense. The author, Elliot Worsell, doesn't go into much detail of early David's life. Worsell explains meeting David early in his career back in 2002, when Worsell was just 17 and Haye 22. The book is written about their relationship from that point on.

Worsell is a close confident of Haye, as he explains in the book. He has attended Haye's training camps, been with Haye the minutes before his fights, as well as being there afterwards basking in Haye's post-match glories. He even lived with Haye and his girlfriend in their apartment for a while. Worsell tells some of his stories as well, but his own stories always pertain to Haye's in a way.

Buy this book if you want to find out about Haye's boxing years, ie from 2002 up until 2011, mixed in with a bit of the authors life too. I took a star off because at certain points there is too much emphasis on the author's life, like multiple pagies solely centered on him. After all, David Haye is on the front cover and the book is called "Making Haye"! Plus I would have wanted to find out more about Haye's earlier life, how he got into boxing in the first place and what his early years were like. This is never elaborated on in the book. It is strictly about the years 2002-2011, and solely about what Worsell has experienced first hand with Haye.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great boxer. Great book. 3 Jun 2014
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I am a massive fan of the hayemaker and got my copy signed by the legend himself.
Unfortunately I hate reading books and couldnt bring myself to read the whole book. I am sure anyone else would enjoy it and its written by a great author who knew David very well
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good read 4 Jan 2014
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Well written and very nicely portrays the friendship that builds up between the author and Haye. Deffo recommend this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! 19 Dec 2013
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Great read for any boxing fan to get the insight behind the man, the fighter and the mind of D Haye
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2.0 out of 5 stars Laddish, sexist, and without real insight 8 Dec 2013
By Alex
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It started as a 1.5 star read and ended up being a 2 star. The writing is weak, but does get better after about the 50% mark. That first half is a study in in awful and badly-used metaphors, however. I get the sense the book was put together from old writing and the author became a much better, less hackneyed writer somewhere in the middle.

Ideally, biographies should enlighten character, but I don't think there were any insights into Haye you wouldn't have got from simply watching him fight or interact with the media. He's a slick operator and a talented boxer, but I don't think he can be counted among the "greats" by any stretch. I got a lot more out of reading the Tyson biography that left me with a strange liking for Tyson - based mostly on "getting" him and his "Iron Mike" persona.

If anything, after reading this I know a lot more about the author than about Haye, and large stretches felt like waffling to me. It didn't help that the book contained a lot of bad writing, pointless navel-gazing, hero worship, jealousy, and hyperbole. I wasn't engaged at any time. Actually, I walked away rooting for Haye's opponents, starting with Thompson, over Valuev (who seems like a genuinely nice human being) and the Klitschkos (same). There's a huge gap between Tyson's ferocious self-belief, discipline (and accomplishments) and Haye's woefully short career and haphazard approach to training (essentially only showing up when he felt like it).

It also contains quite a bit of sexism (ironically, Tyson's "bitches and coke" narrative seemed more balanced - he certainly had a more diverse female cast, with female friends and allies).
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2.0 out of 5 stars One for boxing fans 7 Dec 2013
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I was hoping the story about David Haye would be more about the man behind the gloves but it's more a narrative of his boxing career. Well written and interesting in parts but you really have to be a fan of boxing to find this book of any great interest. What I found extremely interesting is just how cute Elliot Worsell is. Check him out. You'll see what I mean!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
It's the best book I've read this year (2013)
If you are into boxing in any way, shape or form, this book will be brilliant for you to read. Also, if you like David Haye, this book is a must-read. You will learn so much about the man behind the image and what a complex, clever and sometimes insane character he is. The book is incredibly well-written by a young journalist who almost grows up with the book. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Anyone who is a fan of Haye, read this book.

It's a fascinating story of how a young journalist made incredible friends with one of his idols. The book is a modern great. Some of the stories he tells are amazing. This book really is the heart of two people, the writer and the boxer. It's intimate and funny, revealing and interesting throughout. I'd give it six stars if I could.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unrevealing 22 Aug 2013
By nh1
Format:Paperback
Badly-written and revealing nothing at all about Haye's early life, one gets the sense that the author isn't very close to Haye at all. There are also big gaps in the account, with nothing said about the run-up to some of Haye's relatively recent bouts.
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