David Haye says he could retire even if he wins on May 5th
Appearing to add more pressure to his highly-anticipated rematch with fierce British rival Tony Bellew, David Haye has said that even a win may not stop him hanging up his gloves for good.
A fight that is being billed as ‘Repeat or Revenge’ the pair were originally scheduled to meet on December 17th before Haye picked up a freak injury that required surgery to his left bicep. Now fully fit, the two-weight world champion will be looking to bounce immediately back from his 11th round TKO defeat last March.
However, the former two-weight world champion has insisted that only a convincing victory on May 5th at the 02 Arena in London will prolong his career.
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Repeat or Revenge for David Haye?
For Haye (28-3, 26 KOs), the 37-year-old Londoner still has serious questions hanging over his fitness. While the ‘Hayemaker’ and his new trainer Ismael Salas unsurprisingly insist that the former pound-for-pound great is back to his best, along with undergoing bicep surgery, Haye famously ruptured his right Achilles in the sixth-round of his first showdown with Bellew. Leaving him to fight the remaining five rounds with one leg, Haye has now had to postpone fights against Wladimir Klitschko, Tyson Fury (twice) and Manuel Charr due to separate injury issues.
Speaking with Sky Sports over the weekend, Haye has stated that if he can not return to his best against Bellew (29-2-1, 19 KOs), then he may turn his back on the big paydays and even the ring altogether.
“You know, even if I win this fight, but I don’t look spectacular, I will retire,’ he told Sky Sports. ‘I’m 37 years of age now, pushing 38, if I don’t win this fight in spectacular form, it will be my last fight, for sure. ‘If I lose the fight, 100 per cent that’s me done. But you know, if I’ve got any type of aspirations to fight some of the big monsters of the division.”
Since returning from four years in retirement in 2016, the former WBA heavyweight champion and unified cruiserweight king has been vocal about his desire to earn one more shot at a world title before calling it a day.
With fellow Brit Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) now in possession of the WBA, WBO, and IBF heavyweight crowns, ‘Haymaker’ who hasn’t held a world title since dropping his belt to Klitschko in 2011, added that if he can not overcome Bellew on May 5th he has no right to even consider a showdown with the Ring Magazine’s #1.
With Haye, who also promotes talented heavyweight prospect Joe Joyce, not ranked by any of the governing bodies, it could be argued that this is the biggest challenge in his career. With Haye determined to regain his reputation against his bitter Liverpudlian rival, will it be repeat? Or will it be revenge?