David Haye has announced his retirement from boxing following last month’s re-match defeat to Tony Bellew. The 37 year old has decided to call time on his career that has spanned 32 fights following the 5th round stoppage loss to Bellew, which was his second successive defeat to him.
Haye, who turned professional in 2002, he overcame a shock defeat to Carl Thompson as he unified the cruiserweight division,going on to win three major titles after his knock out with over Enzo Maccarinelli in 2008. The man effectively known as ‘The Haymaker’ then stepped up to the heavyweight division where he won the WBA title in 2009 beating Nikolay Valuev. He was also never short of controversy as he and Wladimir Klitschko engaged in pre-match antics ahead of his disappointing loss in July 2011, he also brawled with Dereck Chisora at a pre-match press conference before a knockout win over that rival in 2012.
He was prevented from fighting Tyson Fury as injuries ruled him out. He actually spent three and a half years out of the ring due to undergoing an operation on his shoulder. He may his return in January 2016, but he endured an Achilles injury during his first fight with Bellew in March 2017 , a fight which was stopped in the 11th round. A return fight with Bellew ended in the fifth round after Haye was put to the canvas three times and the former two weight champion has now decided it’s time to hang up the gloves with a record of 28 wins and 4 defeats.
He said on a statement on his website haymaker.com ”Today (Tuesday, June 12, 2018) I announce my retirement from professional boxing. They say you can’t play boxing. Yet, as I write this retirement statement, and reflect on my time in the sport, I can’t find a better way to describe the ride” Thanks to boxing, I have been able to live my unencumbered childhood dream; a dream my dad, Deron, facilitated the moment he took me to Fitzroy Lodge amateur boxing club as a nervous 10-year-old. He ended the statement saying ”This is not the end of my story. It’s simply the start of something new”