11th October 2011
|David Haye artwork by jonmckenzieart.co.uk|
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 championNikolai 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
November. Haye KO’s Tony Dowling in the 1st round to win the vacant English cruiserweight belt at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London.
By Chris Maylett