Haye snatched the WBA World Heavyweight title from Russian Nikolai Valuev on a split points decision. David beating Goliath had nothing on this one - because in that mis-match the little man at least se
nt his opponent sprawling. Haye, 29, needed the split decision from the judges to be declared and become the
sixth Briton to win the biggest prize in sport. In the history of boxing, no fighter has given
away 7st, but Haye did - and stil
l won. He said: When I was a little baby, I said I would be heavyweight champion of the world. The dream has come true. I damaged my right hand in the second or third round and had to use my left. It might ev
en be broken. But I won it cleverly, by winning rounds. Unbelievable! Haye is the first Briton to win the crownsince Lennox Lewis held it six years ago. It was a fight where the number of telling punches could be counted on one hand. The best of those came 30 seconds from the end when Ha
ye unleashed a flurry of shots that had the Russian rocking. Valuev, from St Petersburg, had never been off his feet before and though he did not go down, the Britains best punch proved to one final flourish to the toying that had gone between the pair. Haye was posing at the finish before the result was announced, hands in the air in the belief that he had done it. He had. All the experts thought Haye would have to defeat the 36-year-old with something spectacular in the opening rounds. But Haye bided his time, never looked out of breath and afterwards said: It is amazing. He was not hitting me, so as long as he was not doing that I was OK. His head is solid. The hardest thing I have hit. I showed people the power I do have. I felt good in there. At 15st, 8lb, the Briton was madeto wait almost 10minutes after entering the arena as Valuevs arrival was preceded by a live German rock band. The confrontation was being compared to Rocky 4 when Sylvester Stallones character faced the mammoth Russian Ivan Drago. Stallone won, but of course that was the movies. This was real life and Valuev, at 22st 7lb, had lost only once in his previous 51 fights with Haye one defeat in 23. But from the start, there was a clever opening round from Haye, who was quick
ly advised by trainer Adrian Booth at the bell of staying awayfrom the ropes and for the next 11 rounds, the pair swapped a few punches. The referee did not have to separate them because they were never in a clinch - they never got that close. But by landing more punches, Haye deservedly won the world title.