According to David Haye, next month’s clash in Hamburg with Dr. Steelhammer (Wladimir Klitschko) will be his final. The Londoner has always contemplated retiring at the age of 30, and now he is adamant he will not fight past his 31st birthday.

The reasons for retiring from boxing early can vary although it may usually be due to a long term injury or the desire for a boxer to end their career unbeaten. When Haye beat Russian Nikolai Valuev to win the WBA heavyweight title in 2009 he suffered damage to his hand. His concern is if he were to suffer similar injury then retirement would almost be inevitable.

…he defended his WBA Heavyweight title twice…

In my opinion it would be sensible for Haye to leave at the age of 31. He has won a total of 25 fights of which 23 were won by knock out. Furthermore he defended his WBA Heavyweight title twice, including an intense battle against Audley Harrison last year. Only once in his career has he experienced defeat, which was back in 2004 at the hands of Carl Thompson. Therefore if he were to quit he would leave behind a glittering career he could be proud of.

…it will go down as an adrenaline-pumping, heart-wrenching battle of the juggernauts…

Whether David Haye fights on after the July clash, surely an additional layer of excitement has been added to the fight with Klitschko, which looks like it will go down as an adrenaline-pumping, heart-wrenching battle of the juggernauts. The Hayemaker will want to end his career on a high and leaving behind his WBO heavyweight title in Germany will not be an option.

 

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