Former world heavyweight champion David Haye made an emphatic return to the ring by knocking out Mark de Mori in the first round at the O2 Arena in London.
Haye, 35, ending his three-year hiatus from the ring, troubled De Mori with a stiff jab early and from there on, the Aussie was backpedaling under constant pressure.
With 16,000 fans in full voice at the iconic O2 Arena in Haye's hometown of London, the atmosphere gradually seasickness every time a shot landed. 'The Hayemarker' sensed the discontinuance, and immediately upped the ante with a devastating barrage of punches.
A brutal overhand right marked the beginning of the end for De Mori, who subsequently dropped to the canvas after a savage left uppercut.
Lovely work from @mrdavidhaye that slip right hand counter was world class #hayeday pic.twitter.com/SLBFIO2hyy— Anthony Fowler (@afowler06) January 16, 2016
Crashed out unconscious, the referee pessimistically halted proceedings and Haye embraced on the ring turnbuckle to the fans in attendance. The Aussie, 33, required an oxygen mask and further medical attention but eventually arose to his feet and congratulated Haye on his win.
Speaking in his post-fight interview, Haye spoke of potential showdowns with world champion Tyson Fury and rising prospect Anthony Joshua: "I think a fight between me and Anthony Joshua will be way bigger [than a fight against Fury]. I believe that's a fight that could be made later in the year.
"I want to get back in the ring as soon as possible, keep testing myself and work up the rankings to get a title fight.
"I think Tyson Fury is a good fighter, very good," said Haye. "It's a shame he doesn't want to fight me. I think we all know why, when he sees punch power like that."
Despite the understandable calls for super-fights, Haye remains intent on working his way up the rankings and an-all British meeting against Dillian Whyte, who made a good account of himself in defeat to Anthony Joshua, is a more possible and realistic option.
The 35-year old Londoner also addressed shoulders injury concerns, both which derailed plans to fight Tyson Fury in 2013: "The shoulder feels better than it was before. I feel this new and improved version of me will go on and win heavyweight championships.
It's been a tough road, but I'm finally back," added Haye.
Whoever he fights, expect fireworks. David Haye has returned with clear intent of ruling the heavyweight division once more.