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Making Haye: The Authorised David Haye Story Hardcover – 27 Oct 2011
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'a fascinating story of a modern day fighter, told by a contemporary writer in a unique style ... well worth a read' Boxing News. (Boxing News)
'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. (Sun)
'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. (Liverpool Echo)
'entertaining and informative' Guardian. (Guardian)
'Highly recommended' Boxing Monthly. (Boxing Monthly)
'In Worsell, the fighter has been fortunate to find a sensitive and intelligent witness to his giddy rise' Donald McRae. (Donald McRae)
'it's a perceptive, honest and engrossing book, from which both men ultimately emerge with credit' Independent on Sunday. (Independent on Sunday)
'Worsell takes his readers on an illuminating ride with Haye from precocious beginnings to world championships' Daily Mail. (Daily Mail)
About the Author
Elliot Worsell has followed David Haye's career intensely for the past decade.He lived with the champion, spent many hours in his company, and is allowed closer to Haye than anybody else in the precious final hours before battle. Worsell has worked as a boxing and mixed martial arts writer since the age of sixteen. He has been published in Boxing News, Boxing Monthly and The Ring magazine, and has freelanced for numerous national British newspapers. He is also the main contributor and Features Editor for David Haye's official bookazine, Hayemaker.
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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).
Sum total: It's very laddish, mostly boring, and I got the sense the biographer uses his subject as a projection - living vicariously through Haye. I've learned a lot more about boxing after reading "Dark Trade", and I think I'll re-read that.
I'm kind of shocked that Quercus didn't do a better job with the editing, though. Maybe some people think that all boxing fans are too thick to care about good writing, I don't know.
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
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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