Two-weight world champion David Haye retires

Ruben Hill
June 15, 2018

The former world champion in two weight categories David Haye, who lost a fight with the Ukrainian Vladimir Klitschko, ended his professional performances.

There was no love lost between the two men during a rivalry that lasted 14 months - but in a lengthy statement published on Haye's website today, he paid tribute to Bellew's ability.

We can't see them going for pints together any time soon but there's definitely some respect there between David Haye and Tony Bellew.

The Hayemaker's other greatest accolade was unifying the cruiserweight world titles, although some may argue against his "undisputed" status in the division owing to a lack of superstar opponents he faced.

He moved up to the heavyweight division and took the WBA title in 2009 with a victory over Nikolay Valuev. "I'm proud, too, that I exit the battlefield happy and healthy, with my family financially secure", Haye said.

'I saw punches coming but wasn't quick enough to avoid them. Quick counter-attacks, the sort I've effortlessly thrown since my teenage years, are no longer in my armoury. Things I used to be able to do in the ring instinctively now exist only in my mind and in video clips of my old fights'.

Haye will go down as a legend of British boxing and will continue on in the sport in a promoter's capacity.

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.

If that had represented the ideal time to permanently retire, Haye then attempted to return against Manuel Charr and twice against Tyson Fury but those fights were derailed by hand, eye and shoulder problems.

Yes, Haye will leave many memories both in and out of the ring in his legacy but on the whole, he'll certainly go down as Britain's best cruiserweight ever and surely one of the top fighters in his prime to come out of the United Kingdom during his particular era.

"In the past five years I have snapped (fully ruptured) both biceps, my rotator cuff and my Achilles tendon".

Haye won his first two world titles when, having travelled to Paris to challenge France's feared Mormeck, he recovered from a fourth-round knockdown to win via a seventh-round knockout after landing a fine combination.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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