Two-weight world champion David Haye to close the curtain on career

Phil Jay 24/05/2018

Lawrence Lustig

Former unified cruiserweight and one-time heavyweight champion of the world, David Haye is set to announce his retirement from the sport imminently. 

The 37 year-old posted on social media to inform fans of a forthcoming decision on his future, which WBN understands will be Haye hanging up his gloves.

“Thank you for your kind words of love and support over the last couple of weeks,” said Haye.

“I look forward to updating you on my plans for the future shortly, sometimes it takes a little while to find the right words,” he added.

Turning pro at the world-famous York Hall in London sixteen years ago, Haye was highly touted for honors and quickly proved he belonged in top company.

Ten knockouts in ten fights set-up a domestic match-up with world-rated Carl Thompson in September 2004 and Haye was taken down a peg by the Mancunian.

Stopped in five rounds, Haye later stated the Thompson loss was the best thing for his career as he was getting a little too cocky in stopping all opposition.

Knuckling down in his bid to secure a world title shot, Haye scored six straight KO’s on the way to securing the European title before defeating top cruiserweight Giacobbe Fragomeni and testing the water with a heavyweight debut victory over Tomasz Bonin at Wembley Arena.

Contemplating a run at 200 pounds plus, Haye moved back down after being offered the opportunity to challenge number one cruiserweight Jean-Marc Mormeck for the unified belts and duly scored a shock stoppage on French soil.

Returning triumphantly to the UK with the WBA and WBC straps in his hand luggage, Haye would add the WBO version just four months later with a crushing second round win over Enzo Maccarinelli.

Dropping the straps to chase his dream of becoming world heavyweight champion, the ‘Hayemaker’ went straight in at the deep end against Monte Barrett, halting the American before his career acid test came in 2009.

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Named ‘David versus Goliath’, Haye would do the unthinkable, giving away nine inches in height and 99 pounds in weight to dethrone Russian giant Nikola Valuev in Germany and secure his place in British Boxing history.

Easy defenses against John Ruiz and Audley Harrison followed before Haye cashed in his title when fighting through injury against Wladimir Klitschko.

initially criticized for his performance, Haye remained a huge draw on British shores and proved it with a bludgeoning of Dereck Chisora at West Ham’s Upton Park Stadium in July 2012.

A three-and-a-half year absence would keep Haye out of action on doctor’s advice before a comeback was launched in 2016.


Knock-overs against Mark de Mori and Arnold Gjergjaj wouldn’t do much to enhance Haye’s reputation, but when the call came from Tony Bellew and Eddie Hearn in 2017 it seemed the perfect fit.

Back-to-back defeats to ‘The Bomber’ – both of which were against a lacklustre Haye, have led the Londoner to this point – where he will now step away to look after his own stable of prospects.

Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay