David Haye’s return to the ring ended in success with a shut-out victory over close friend Joe Fournier.
The 40 year old was easily the better fighter on the night, simply out-boxing Fournier over the eight rounds.
The former cruiserweight and heavyweight champion of the world boxed for the first time since losing to Tony Bellew for the second time three years ago.
Haye won every single round including a 10-8 round in the first after landing a pretty soft knockdown.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump sat in on commentary and summed up the action fairly perfectly, saying: “Right now, the audience likes politics better.”
Trump took every chance to diss current president Joe Biden on commentary, too.
Haye wasn’t looking to hurt his friend and never looked like he was trying to score a knockout despite his suggestions before the fight he’d tried to end it early.
He never sat down on his punches, but he showed the clear gulf between himself and the previously unbeaten Fournier as he jabbed and hooked at will, albeit at a fairly pedestrian pace.
Frankly, both men will be laughing their way to the bank after having a glorified sparring session between pals.
The Hayemaker was in magnificent shape for his comeback and will have made a pretty penny for stepping in the ring with his friend on Triller.
Haye revealed he told Fournier he’d only accept making the same kind of money he made against Bellew in his last fight to come back and fight him and that was reportedly around £4 million.
Haye and Fournier are pals who have been on holiday together many times and there was no bad blood heading into this fight. The battle spawned from some banter Fournier was giving Haye on one of those said holidays, the pair said.
Now that Haye has returned and got a victory, there’s a whole market for him to compete should he want to.
Legends like Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr have clashed for big money in retirement and Evander Holyfield – nearly 19 years older than Haye – featured on the card tonight, too.