Haye bowls over Irish fans with hotel bash and wads of cash




A former world heavyweight boxing champ showed some fancy footwork and good arm strength as he tried road bowling in Cork over the weekend.

Hard-hitting David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye, who is touring Ireland filming a new TV series with British stand-up comedian Seann Walsh, spent time with members of Barryroe GAA on Saturday.

The pair watched an underage hurling training session before picking up hurleys and having a puck around.

They had lunch at the Grange Tavern before trying their hand at road bowling.

“Seann should stick to the day job, but David had a bit of style about him and looked the part,” the club wrote on its official website.

The pair visited the English Market in the afternoon before Haye hit the nightclubs that night.

Twitter was alive with photographs of Haye at the Savoy nightclub and at Havana Browns nightclub.

Six foot three inch, Haye, 33, was more than willing to pose for dozens of photographs with fans who recognised him.

He then arranged a fancy dress party back at his suite at the five-star Hayfield Manor hotel.

About 40 guests spent about an hour partying with the former boxing champ before they were each presented with a wad of cash in an envelope — understood to be in the region of €400 — for their time.

One stunned guest, who declined to be named, said several guests decided to donate their cash to Marymount Hospice.

Haye won the WBA world heavyweight championship in Nov 2009 when he beat the reigning champion at the time, the seven-foot, 23-stone Russian giant Nikolai Valuev, in a bout fought in Nuremberg, Germany.

Haye toppled the champ over the 12-round distance, becoming not only a two-weight world champion, but the first Briton ever to win world titles on foreign soil at different weights.

He is due to fight unbeaten Tyson Fury on Saturday, Feb 8 next in Manchester.


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