Based in Bermondsey, London, England, Haye turned professional in December 2002, knocking out veteran Tony Booth in two rounds.
In 2003 he won 7 fights, 2 of which were in the USA, and won all by knockouts. The most notable being a 4th round KO of The Congo's Lolenga Mock where Haye had to come off the floor to win, and a 1st round KO of Tony Dowling where he picked up the English title.
Haye's fights were regularly seen on the BBC and his popularity began to grow in 2004, when he dispatched the 39-year-old ex-World champion "King" Arthur Williams in three rounds. However a match with 40-year-old ex-WBO champion Carl Thompson for the lightly regarded IBO belt proved disastrous, as Haye appeared to punch himself out early and had to be saved by the towel in the fifth round.
Haye had bounced back by December 2005, defeating Alexander Gurov for the EBU European title in just 45 seconds.
In January 2006, Haye signed a three year contract with former Lennox Lewis promoter Frank Maloney in order to further his world title ambitions. He retained his European title with defences against Lasse Johansen (TKO8), Ismail Abdoul (W12), and Giacobbe Fragomeni (TKO9).
Haye's cameo at heavyweight resulted in an emphatic KO win over WBC world-ranked No.11 Pole Tomasz Bonin. Haye knocked Bonin down three times in the opening round before the referee called a halt to proceedings for Bonin's safety. Before this bout Bonin had only been stopped once in a defeat toAudley Harrison back in June 2004.
He challenged Jean-Marc Mormeck on November 10, 2007 for the WBA and WBC cruiserweight titles. Haye defeated Mormeck with a TKO in the 7th round. He was knocked down in the 4th but came back and won after the referee stopped as Mormeck was deemed to be unfit to continue. The victory confirmed Haye's arrival as a genuine world class operator.
This was expected to be Haye's last fight in the cruiserweight division, win or lose. Haye himself has admitted that he 'struggles to make weight' and feels that he can only box at '70 or 80 per cent' his potential as a cruiserweight.
David Haye and Enzo Maccarinelli met in an all-British world cruiserweight title fight on 8 March. British trade paper Boxing News are producing a pullout special on the match. Widely billed as the biggest all British bout since Chris Eubank met Nigel Benn, few pundits can decide who will walk away victor. As both fighters are massive punchers with excellent KO records a short fight is predicted.
His record is 20-1 (19 KOs). Haye is currently ranked 20th best Lb for lb boxer in the world by boxrec (who gauge boxers by form and quality of opponent).