In the second installment in Vauxhall’s ‘Great British Legends’ series, former Heavyweight and Cruiserweight World Champion David Haye talks to GQ editor Dylan Jones about changes to Olympic boxing legislation, the importance of strong role models, like Muhammad Ali, and sending Nikolai Valuev into retirement with a final winning blow.


Vauxhall’s ‘Great British Legends’ series profiles Britain’s best-loved figures from the worlds of comedy, sport and entertainment. In this latest series of films, David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye talks to Dylan Jones as he drives around the backstreets of Bermondsey, London, in a new, Brit-built Vauxhall Astra.

David Haye in the boxing ring

“British amateur boxing is flying high” – David Haye on the summer of boxing

David gives us his thoughts on recent changes to Olympic legislation which allow professional boxers to compete against amateurs. He talks about the strength of British amateur boxing, and his top tips for success, including Nicola Adams and Joe Joyce.

David Haye relaxed and laughing in the boxing ring

“If I weren’t a boxer, I’d be a supermodel” - David Haye jokes about fame

David Haye on interviewing Justin Bieber in the ring, an alternative career as a supermodel, and being crowned the sexiest vegan in 2014.

David Haye driving the Vauxhall Astra

“I believe within a year I will have a title” – David Haye discusses his 2016 comeback

David talks about breaking his hand in a ‘David vs. Goliath’ fight with Nikolai Valuev, achieving his goal of becoming heavyweight champion of the world and his 2016 comeback plans.

“At a very early age I could punch really hard” – David Haye on his formative years in boxing

David discusses the importance of strong role models including Muhammad Ali. He talks about channeling his winning DNA, being the hardest kid in his class and stepping into a boxing gym for the first time.


The iconic Astra has been a fixture on British roads for over 35 years. Crowned ‘European Car of the Year 2015’, it’s a true legend of British car manufacturing.


As Dylan Jones explains: “One in four Brits has either owned or driven an Vauxhall Astra at some point in their lives, so it’s only right that we pay tribute to its legendary status, along with other living legends in Britain.”