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Teacher Haye helps student with coursework

ESPN staff
April 7, 2013
David Haye spoke of his regret over his brawl with Derek Chisora © Getty Images

David Haye has added another string to his bow after helping two students achieve a distinction in their college coursework.

The former WBA heavyweight champion, who has recently announced his return to boxing, was sat in a café when he spotted A-level student Gilbert Darko worrying over a 'Motivation in Sport' assignment. 'The Hayemaker' then offered to help, much to the young student's surprise.

"I was struggling with the assignment, thinking, 'How on earth am I going to do this?'" Gilbert told the Daily Mirror. "I looked up and I thought I saw David Haye. I said to myself it must be someone else.

"But as I was working on my stuff, he came over and said, 'Do you need help?' I couldn't believe my luck and said to him, 'Actually, yes, I do need some help.'

"He was only there five minutes but he said I was on the right road and to keep going."

Gilbert later told his cousin Jeremy the news, who originally believed the story to be a joke. However, when the pair returned to the café three weeks later, Haye reappeared and once again offered his advice.

"We were doing our work and all of a sudden David Haye came in again and spotted us," Jeremy said. "He asked Gilbert if he was on the same assignment.

"We said we both were and were both stuck. He sat down with us and started reading our work. I was speechless."

Haye spoke of how he had used his infamous brawl with Derek Chisora as motivation going into the pair's bout at Upton Park in July, but had lamented his actions during Chisora's post-match press conference following the loss to Vitali Klitschko in Munich.

"He said it [the brawl] should never have happened and that he really regrets losing his boxing licence," Gilbert added. "He told us what he does on the day of a fight and how it motivates him.

"He is a really nice guy. He told us education is so important and not to get involved in anything dodgy."

After the pair received top marks for the assignment, Jeremy was quick to pay tribute to 32-year-old Haye for helping them with their work.

"It was the first time either of us had got distinctions - that's like an A-grade," Jeremy said. "We really want to thank David."

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