19 ½ questions for boxing icon David Haye

We spoke to the former WBA heavyweight World Champion ahead of his Guinness World Record attempt for the ‘World’s Largest Boxing Lesson’.

EDGAR staff June 20, 2014

1. How would you describe yourself?

Motivated, driven and a sore loser.

2. How would others describe you?

A sore loser who is motivated and driven.

>3. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Winning the World Heavyweight Title by beating a man who was a foot taller than me and outweighed me by 44kg.

4. What is your biggest regret?

I don’t have any regrets. There are things that I would do differently in the future, but dwelling on stuff will only do your head in.

5. What do you consider your best attribute?

My speed. In my profession quickness of hands, feet and brain is the difference between getting hit and not.

6. What is your least favourite attribute?

My manners. I’ve had a few doors slam in the past. I could do with scrubbing up on my etiquette.

If you are going to make a sandwich, why not make it the best sandwich in the world.

7. What is the most over-rated virtue in people?

Tardiness. I hate waiting around for people.

8. What inspires you?

To be the best in whatever I do, whether it is in or out the ring. If you are going to make a sandwich, why not make it the best sandwich in the world.

9. Do you have a personal motto?

Boxing is a sport. Sports are there to be played. Playing makes you happy. Happiness is a chemical reaction in the brain. And boxing damages your brain.

10. What is the best piece of advice you ever received?

If it looks too good to be true, then more than likely it is.

11. What advice would you give to yourself as 16-year-old?

Go with your gut and trust your instincts.

12. What film are you embarrassed that you have never seen?

Million Dollar Baby. I know it’s a boxing film, but for some reason I’ve never seen it.

13. What is your most prized possession?

My family.

If you want to achieve something important then you need to go out and make it happen.

14. What is your biggest luxury?

My house in London.

15. Are you an early morning or late night person?

I’ve always been a late night guy. I come alive after 1am.

16. How important is it to take risks?

To win big, you have to risk losing big. If you want to achieve something important then you need to go out and make it happen.

17. Who is your real life hero?

Will Smith. I’ve never met the man, but I respect his career and that everyone always describes him as a ‘nice guy’. That’s something to be remembered for.

18. What’s more important: Quality or affordability?

Quality wins out every time.

19. What makes you laugh?

I like slapstick humour. People falling over gets me every time.

19 ½. Finish this sentence: A challenge is…

Never easy, but worth the journey. Details: David Haye will attempt to break the record for the world's largest boxing lesson on Saturday June 21, at Dubai Sports World. All proceeds raised will go to help special needs children at Dubai’s Rashid Centre for Disabled.