BREAKING: Heavyweight Boxer, David Haye bows out of boxing after back-to-back bellow's blows

By Editor on 12/06/2018

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Former two-weight world champion David Haye has announced his retirement from boxing following back-to-back defeats by rival Tony Bellew.

Haye, 37, unified the cruiserweight division before stepping up to win the WBA heavyweight crown during a stellar career.

But two devastating and damaging defeats by Bellew ended his hopes of regaining his world crown and, as first revealed by Sportsmail, has prompted him to hang up his gloves.

Haye was one of this country's most devastating punchers but his 16-year, 32-fight professional career has been plagued by injuries. 

Despite becoming the first British fighter to become unified cruiserweight king and later beating Russian giant Nikolay Valuev in 2009 to become a two-weight titlist, fitness problems troubled him during his 2011 loss to Wladimir Klitschko and later. cost him two fights against Tyson Fury. They would also continue to haunt him when he returned to the sport in 2016 after nearly four years out.

'I'm happy, healthy, my family is financially secure so it's a job well done,' he said after announcing his retirement. 

'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,' Haye added in a 2,000 statement on his website.

'On reflection, my 16-year, 32-fight professional career was one of two halves. 

'In the first eight years, everything ran smoothly. I had 25 fights and became the first ever British boxer to unify the cruiserweight division... I then achieved my childhood dream when I beat WBA heavyweight champion of the world.

But he continued: 'It was in the second half of my career where I really discovered what it meant to fight and be a fighter.

'If I had it my way, I would have fought as many as 16 times in the second half, the last eight years. But, unfortunately, during this time my faulty body only allowed me to step through the ropes on seven occasions – four wins, three losses – and often it was a fight just getting to the ring in one piece.'  

It was these fitness problems that curtailed his hopes of beating Bellew first time round, when he suffered a ruptured achilles on the way to an 11th-round stoppage defeat.

But it was his performance in a second defeat at the hands of his Liverpool rival, on May 5 in London, that told him his time was up.

'The boxing gods have spoken. They will no longer protect me with the freakish speed and power I used to possess. And without these God-given gifts, I completely lose my edge,' he said. 

'For my fans, it must have been like going to support their favourite thoroughbred racehorse at the Grand National, only to see their stallion stumble out the gates like a sedated mule at the Donkey Derby.'

'Of course, my ego would have loved to have retired on a win, or as a champion. But, deep down, I know my effort on May 5, 2018 was the very best I had left to give. I also know that underwhelming effort revealed the truth about my current abilities in a world-class boxing arena.'  

The 37-year-old, who had always vowed to retire by his 31st birthday, first called time on his career when he turned 31, only to briefly resume his career in 2012 with victory over Dereck Chisora.

But after nearly four more years out of the sport Haye returned in 2016 and began a renewed assault on the heavyweight division.

After routine victories over Mark de Mori and Arnold Gjergjaj, he signed to fight Bellew in a fight many labelled a mismatch.

But despite the London fighter hoping a spectacular victory would act as a springboard on his route to money-spinning clashes with the likes of Anthony Joshua, he was stopped by the unfancied Bellew in London.

And in his belated bid for immediate revenge, after another injury forced their rematch to be postponed, Haye was spectacularly beaten again last month.

That represented the final nail in his coffin as a fighter but he is set to remain in the sport as a promoter. Under his 'Hayemaker Promotions' banner, the former champion boasts the likes of heavyweight prospect Joe Joyce in his stable.

Tony Bellew (right) and David Haye during the Heavyweight Contest bout at the O2 Arena, London

 

 

 

 

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Posted on June, 12 2018

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