David Haye has announced his retirement from professional boxing , calling time on his career following two defeats by Tony Bellew.
The 37-year-old boxer published a lengthy statement, telling his fans of his intentions to hang up his boxing gloves for good and reflecting on the highs and lows of his 16-year career.
“Today,Tuesday, June 12, 2018, I announce my retirement from professional boxing,” the statement read.
Tony Bellew stopped David Haye in the fifth round, a win that potentially marks the end of his English heavyweight rival’s career.
The announcement comes after Haye was beaten by Bellew (30-2-1, 19 KOs) in a humiliating fifth round stoppage at London’s O2 Arena at the beginning of May.
On his defeat to Bellew, Haye added: “Despite the pre-fight hype, I can assure you I have a huge amount of respect and admiration for Tony. Whenever I traded punches with him, and whenever I was in his presence, I felt the inner warrior.
“I saw a man who would take the battle as far as necessary to get victory; a man who, like myself, would rather die than give up or quit; a man I’d want on my side of the battlefield if going to war.