David Haye Describes APT Win as Better than His Boxing Millions

Retired British boxer David Haye has described his first live poker win as more satisfying than the money he made in the ring.

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David Haye has described his recent win at APT Manila as one of the proudest moments of his career. (Image: BBC/Getty Images)

Despite being a two-weight world champion and earning millions, cashing at the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila is one of career highlights.

Although Haye stopped short of calling it the best moment in his life, he said the £532 winnings made him prouder than his “last few” boxing purses.

David Haye Still Swinging

For followers of boxing, Haye’s final outings left a lot to be desired. After retiring from the sport, he return to face Tony Bellew in an apparent grudge match.

The first bout in 2017 ended with the Hayemaker tearing his ACL before the ref stepped in. A rematch in 2018 produced a similar result, with Haye hitting the canvas three times before being counted out.

That loss turned out to be Haye’s last. Since retiring for good, the Londoner has signed a deal with Grosvenor Casinos.

Working as a brand ambassador, Haye is set to take part in this year’s Goliath. Aptly named David vs. Goliath, the promotion is part of Grosvenor’s efforts to host another record-breaking live event.

For Haye, the high-profile outing will be his chance to show he’s as much of a knockout artist in poker as he was in the ring.

Like all competitive sportsmen, Haye has been in training. As well as working with Team Grosvenor, the heavy-hitting amateur has been out on the GUKPT circuit.

David Haye Hits Back with APT Win

His first event in Blackpool back in November 2018 saw him decked in just three rounds. Bruised but determined, Haye has continued to work on his game.

According to a recent Facebook post, that work is starting to pay off. After realising he’s just weeks away from the Goliath, Haye decided to take part in APT Manila.

Buoyed by the advice of former boxer and poker enthusiast Audley Harrison, David Haye found his way into the money.

Tonight, I only went and cashed. I came 28th. I won 36,400 pesos ($699) and enjoyed all 14 hours I was playing over the two days. Strangely I was more excited and prouder to cash my £532 poker winnings than my last few multimillion pound PPV boxing purses,” Haye wrote on May 6.

Mentor Harrison went on to finish second in the event, suggesting that the two may now have struck up a deadly relationship. Indeed, with the GUKPT Goliath set to take place in July, David Haye could be one to watch when the chips start to fly.

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