11th October 2011

David Haye artwork by jonmckenzieart.co.uk
David Haye has reportedly informed the British Boxing Board of Control that he intends to stick to his initial plans to retire from boxing, after failing to entice Vitali Klitschko into defending his titles against him.

The former WBA heavyweight champion and undisputed Cruiserweight holder has always vowed to hang his gloves up before 31st birthday, which is this coming Thursday. But just last month ‘The Hayemaker had decided to carry on with boxing after reevaluating his situation he had tried to secure an immediate title fight against Vitali.

But the Londoner who lost his WBA belt to WBO/IBF title holder Wladimir Klitschko in July looks like he has decided to end his career at the age of 31 after 27 fights, 2 defeats, winning 23 by knockout

“According to the email I received he is no longer wishing to renew his licence and would not be carrying on.” BBBofC general secretary Robert Smith told BBC Radio Five Live today.

“The board will discuss it on Wednesday but there is no way we could go against his wish not to renew his boxing licence. Without it, he can’t fight.”

Haye’s career had been one of success despite being beaten in his last fight by Wladimir, added Smith and he wished him good luck in his retirement from the ring.

“It doesn’t really matter what I think, it’s up to David and Adam Booth. Smith said.

“Obviously his last fight must have been bitterly disappointing for him, but if you look at his career as a whole he has been very good to the sport and we wish him well.

“There are many instances when heavyweights can go on longer than the smaller weight divisions but he has his whole life ahead of him, he has achieved a great deal and good luck to the man.

“You dedicate your life to your sport and to find something after that endeavour is very difficult for anybody.”

Haye did achieve good things in boxing and took his fans on a unforgettable ride while it lasted. His cruiserweight unification win was a big achievement and to then go and beat the WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev will be remembered. His defeat and final fight against Wladimir Klitschko will always be the blot on his otherwise successful career that saw the astute Haye become a millionaire and leaves the game set for life.

Here are the Career Highlights of David ‘Hayemaker’ Haye


October 13th. David Deron Haye was born in Bermondsey London, welcomed into the world by his mother Jane and father Deron.


A 21 year old Hayemaker makes the finals of the World Amateur Championships in Belfast, but loses to Cuban Odlanier Solis in the third round.


Turns professional and wins first fight in December, beating Hull’s Tony Booth. He wins his first 10 fights all by KO.


November. Haye KO’s Tony Dowling in the 1st round to win the vacant English cruiserweight belt at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London.

Haye suffers first defeat! He gets stopped by Carl Thompson in round 5 at Wembley Arena. Haye returns 3 months later to KO Valeri Semiskur in the first round.
Wins European cruiserweight title, knocking out Alexander Gurov KO1 in Berkshire.


Defends European title 3 times against Lasse Johansen, Ismail Abdoul and Giacobbe Fragomeni.


Steps up to heavyweight for the first time at Wembley Arena, testing the big waters Haye KO’s Poland’s Tomasz Bonin inside 1 round.


Haye Wins the WBC and WBA cruiserweight titles by stopping French champion Jean-Marc Mormeck in round 7 in Mormeck’s country.


In the cruiserweight battle of Britain Haye KO’s Enzo Maccarinelli in the 2nd round at the O2 Arena adding the Welshman’s WBO title to his collection of belts.


Haye having given up his cruiserweight belts moves up to heavyweight full time and and celebrates a 5th round KO over American Monte Barrett at the O2 Arena in London.


Haye signs to fight WBC champion Vitali Klitschko, but pulls out of the fight with an injury.

November 7th.

Becomes Heavyweight Champion of the World by beating ‘Beast from the East’ Nikolai Valuev to claim the WBA title in Nuremberg Germany winning on points.


April 3rd
Retains WBA world heavyweight title after John Ruiz in his first defence of his belt, Ruiz is retired by his corner in round 9 at the MEN Arena in Manchester.

November 13th.

Defends his title for the second time against Audley Harrison stopping him in round 3.


July 2nd.
Loses his title to Wladimir Klitschko on points in the world heavyweight unification bout in Hamburg Germany.


Haye says after speaking with Lennox Lewis on holiday confirms that he may continue his career if he can get a fight with a Klitschko brother for the titles.

October 11th.
The British Boxing Board of Control general secretary Robert Smith confirms that Haye has emailed the board stating he does not wish to renew his boxing licence.


By Chris Maylett

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