The 35 year-old, fighting at a higher weight of 228lbs, produced a powerful display to take out a shell-shocked de Mori with a crushing blow that laid the Aussie out on the canvas for several minutes.
Haye came out to his trademark ‘Ain’t no stopping us now’ track – although remixed, to a packed 16,000 crowd and duly produced a display worthy of a possible crack at the top division crown. Granted the de Mori wasn’t tested at the highest level but Haye took him out as he should have within a couple of minutes, which is all you can do against an opponent who was never at his level.
It seemed as though Haye hadn’t been away all those 1281 days as the two-weight world title holder went to work on de Mori and immediately tested his chin. Every blow seemed to have an effect on the WBA-ranked ‘Dominator’ until Haye caught him flush mid-round and the fight was over.
Fights with Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder or the new IBF champion have moved a step closer for the ‘Hayemaker’, although it is debatable whether any of them will want to face the bigger Haye who still looks capable of ruling the world despite a near four-year absence.