David Haye

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David Haye is a British boxer who held world championships in both cruiserweight and heavyweight classes.

Haye became a vegan in 2014 after watching a documentary about farmed animals1 and also learned that a plant-based diet was great for athletic recovery. In an interview with The Sun, he said: “All roads kept leading back to a plant-based diet.”

I watched a TV documentary about how animals are farmed, killed and prepared for us to eat. I saw all those cows and pigs and realised I couldn’t be a part of it any more. It was horrible.1Stafford, I. 2014. David Haye interview: ‘I lied. I’ve let people down’. Independent. Available: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/general/others/david-haye-interview-i-lied-i-ve-let-people-down-9497558.html [Accessed 9 September 2021].

It started when I was injured and was researching the best diets to heal muscles. All roads kept leading back to a plant-based diet — and when you look at the horrible way animals are treated, that made it easier to switch.2Kidd, D. 2017. ‘I need a legacy fight’ David Haye vows to smash ‘lucky’ Tony Bellew before taking on champ Anthony Joshua. The Sun. Available: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/2921246/dave-kidd-david-haye-vows-to-smash-lucky-tony-bellew-before-taking-on-champ-anthony-joshua/ [Accessed 9 September 2021].