PARIS, Nov 10 (Reuters) Briton David Haye claimed the WBA and WBC world cruiserweight titles by knocking out the holder Jean-Marc Mormeck in the seventh round today.
Haye, who now has 20 wins and one defeat, floored the Frenchman with a left uppercut after Mormeck was ahead at the Palais des Sports Marcel Cerdan in Levallois.
''The key to the win was my heart,'' said Haye, who was knocked down in the fourth round. ''I fought at 100 per cent. He is a great fighter, one of the greatest. I was in great shape.'' Mormeck put Haye down in the middle of the fourth with a sudden left hook but with 10 seconds of the round remaining had no time to finish off his opponent.
Haye, who is moving up to heavyweight, said he now wanted to take on WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli but only if the Welsman moves up to the higher weight division.
Maccarinelli said he was keen to fight to Haye but only as a cruiserweight. ''It's the British fight that everyone wants to see bar none,'' he told Setanta Sports.
Maccarinelli, a stable mate of world super-middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe, retained his title with a fourth-round stoppage of New Zealand-based Algerian Mohamed Azzaoui last week.
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