*** David Haye Retires ***

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I personally thought it was an honest and heartfelt statement. I will remember Haye for everything up to and including the Chisora fight. He has been one of our most exciting fighters ever and I enjoyed watching his career progress from his early fight on BBC Grandstand.

Its a real shame he couldn't stay retired after the Chisora fight and by the sounds of it his comeback was even more dangerous and stupid than we all thought.
 
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We would probably have seen this sooner if he had fought Fury. The big guys are too big and too good for him to hang with now. On top of that his attributes he relied on heavily diminished fast, and all he had left was his power.
Even that looked to have deserted him in the Bellew rematch. Weirdly the only attribute he had left was his heart, and he went out on his shield.
 
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It's hard to gauge Haye's career overall, on paper he had an amazing career, but watching him you can't help but feel he underachieved. Injuries unfortunately robbed him of the opportunity to achieve his full potential. Still, a British boxing great and a real h2h nightmare at cruiserweight.
 
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http://www.boxingnewsonline.net/the-retirement-and-return-of-david-haye/

"I made a point of walking behind the fighter, if only to get a good look at how he moved when not approaching a boxing ring. Alas, what I witnessed was this: Haye, clearly in some discomfort, had his right foot jutting out at a two o’clock angle, as if it were a hockey stick about to strike a puck, while his left foot, the good one, managed to stay relatively straight. It was alarming to say the least. "

"When in the kitchen, Haye jumped up and down on the spot, sheepishly, as if to somehow prove the Achilles tendon at the back of his right foot, ruptured in the first Bellew fight, was now back to normal.

Spoiler: it wasn’t.

His sister, Louisa, spotting the lack of elevation, smoked him out immediately, and Haye, too, conceded there were limitations.

“I can leap and function in any other sport and in any other walk of life,” he said. “The only area I’m hampered in is boxing.” The boxer then spread his legs to form an orthodox boxing stance: left leg forward, right leg back. “Springing off the back foot from a certain angle… I can’t do that.”

Nothing was said. There was a good chance, though, that every one of us remembered what had occurred seven days earlier – a boxing match, a fight – and counted the innumerable benefits of being able to spring off the back foot from a certain angle."

A con man to the last.
 

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http://www.boxingnewsonline.net/the-retirement-and-return-of-david-haye/

"I made a point of walking behind the fighter, if only to get a good look at how he moved when not approaching a boxing ring. Alas, what I witnessed was this: Haye, clearly in some discomfort, had his right foot jutting out at a two o’clock angle, as if it were a hockey stick about to strike a puck, while his left foot, the good one, managed to stay relatively straight. It was alarming to say the least. "

"When in the kitchen, Haye jumped up and down on the spot, sheepishly, as if to somehow prove the Achilles tendon at the back of his right foot, ruptured in the first Bellew fight, was now back to normal.

Spoiler: it wasn’t.

His sister, Louisa, spotting the lack of elevation, smoked him out immediately, and Haye, too, conceded there were limitations.

“I can leap and function in any other sport and in any other walk of life,” he said. “The only area I’m hampered in is boxing.” The boxer then spread his legs to form an orthodox boxing stance: left leg forward, right leg back. “Springing off the back foot from a certain angle… I can’t do that.”

Nothing was said. There was a good chance, though, that every one of us remembered what had occurred seven days earlier – a boxing match, a fight – and counted the innumerable benefits of being able to spring off the back foot from a certain angle."

A con man to the last.
BN has taken that down :shifty
 
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It was definitely time, I ended up watching the Haye/Bellew II fight on the way to work last week, and while it's a great entertainment, it was sad to see Haye go out like that, reminded me of when Hatton's career came to an end.

Interestingly enough, I went for a pint after work last Friday, and David Haye was at the pub, which was a real surprise. I shook his hand and said it was a great fight, didn't want to go overboard and whatnot, and he just said "yeah, but unfortunately I wasn't good enough to get the win." He was a pretty chill dude, and you could tell he still had the disappointment in his mind. Took a picture with everyone who came near him though, he still loves the celebrity aspect of his life.

David Haye was one of the first fighters that truly got me into boxing. Back in the days of Hatton/Mayweather, Khan/Earl, Skelton/Chagaev (No idea how I watched that fight), Pacquiao/Marquez II and then Haye/Maccarinelli. I wish I could get those days back. Enjoy retirement, champ.
 

bruthead

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BN has taken that down :shifty
Be interesting to see if they publish it in the magazine.

Also from the original copy:

"Happened early in the fight, he said of the injury, before explaining how surgeries have forced him to permanently change the angle at which he punches.

“I know,” I said. “I could see that in the public workout.”

He gingerly lifted his arm, bent it at the elbow and mimicked the awkward trajectory along which punches now travel."

Really it's crazy that the public were sold a PPV on the basis that Haye had recovered from the Achilles injury, when he clearly hadn't, and that's before he admits in his retirement statement that he had major spinal surgery in 2015, which the public only just hears about now.
 

Benny Blanco

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Such a shame the fact that one of the most athletically gifted talents of his generation in all sports was blighted by injury after injury. It just wasn’t meant to be

Still, CW and HW champ so not a bad career
 

Benny Blanco

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Will also haunt me for the rest of my days that fat scouse wanker known as judge Bellew will be able to say "he beat David Haye" and as for that posh boy wanker Eddie Hearn who wouldn't be fuck all without daddies cash every time I think back to that interview post the first fight where he just pretended Haye's injury didn't happen I want to punch his head through the fucking floor until my hands break. Disrespectful classless pair of fucking cunts

Nothing in this world would make me happier than to see Bellew get his dream fight with Andre Ward, snap his ankle in round one, take a prolonged beating on one leg and then Ward or his promoter just never mention it like it didn't happen. See how they fucking like it.

Fuck Hearn. Fuck Bellew. Couldn't be 1/10the fighter Haye was in his prime if his life depended on it.

Bottom line.
 

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Will also haunt me for the rest of my days that fat scouse wanker known as judge Bellew will be able to say "he beat David Haye" and as for that posh boy wanker Eddie Hearn who wouldn't be fuck all without daddies cash every time I think back to that interview post the first fight where he just pretended Haye's injury didn't happen I want to punch his head through the fucking floor until my hands break. Disrespectful classless pair of fucking cunts

Nothing in this world would make me happier than to see Bellew get his dream fight with Andre Ward, snap his ankle in round one, take a prolonged beating on one leg and then Ward or his promoter just never mention it like it didn't happen. See how they fucking like it.

Fuck Hearn. Fuck Bellew. Couldn't be 1/10the fighter Haye was in his prime if his life depended on it.

Bottom line.
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It's hard to gauge Haye's career overall, on paper he had an amazing career, but watching him you can't help but feel he underachieved. Injuries unfortunately robbed him of the opportunity to achieve his full potential. Still, a British boxing great and a real h2h nightmare at cruiserweight.
Yeah, fair summary. Like him or hate him, few who pull on the gloves achieve even a fraction of what Haye did.
 
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We would probably have seen this sooner if he had fought Fury. The big guys are too big and too good for him to hang with now. On top of that his attributes he relied on heavily diminished fast, and all he had left was his power.
Well I predicted that Fury would knock him out on BOTH occasions that fight was scheduled. Fury was in tremendous shape,ironically,for both fights. But people never seem to feature size in their predictions of heavyweight fights,so the vast majority on the forum were picking David Haye.
 
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Wonder if his dad, Tony Bellew, will announce his retirement this year too
It won't be this year,but maybe next year. But after being knocked out by Fury,he will announce it then. It would be a mistake IMO. tony knows his boxing,has had like David a terrific career and for me will become a terrific pundit. But it would be a big mistake to take that fight. I saw in a recent interview that he pointed to Cunninghams knockdown of Fury. But,only in my opinion,Cunningham was a better all round fighter. And its another mistake or Tony to think he's a harder hitter than Fury. Though I would run a mile from testing that theory.
 
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Such a shame the fact that one of the most athletically gifted talents of his generation in all sports was blighted by injury after injury. It just wasn’t meant to be

Still, CW and HW champ so not a bad career
Understatement Benny. An EXCELLENT career mate. And in general,I don't think a bad lad either. But heavyweights are massive lads these days and @its too big size matters in almost every case.
 
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Even with size badly against him, a 2009-2012 Haye would be a serious threat in this division, and would be capable of beating anyone despite weighing around 210-215 pounds, which tells you just how good Haye was in his prime.