Bellew reaches out to David Haye
David Haye announced his retirement on Monday after 16 years of professional fighting. Haye had tremendous success in the first half of his career, unifying the cruiserweight division before winning the WBA heavyweight world title in 2009. However, his back-to-back defeats to Bellew highlighted how greatly his injuries took a toll on his career.
He retired but insisted it is not the end for him, but just the beginning. In a long and detailed statement, Haye said: “Thanks to boxing, I have been able to live my unencumbered childhood dream, a dream my dad, Deron, facilitated the moment he took me to Fitzroy Lodge amateur boxing club as a nervous 10-year-old.”
He added: “In the first eight years [of his professional career], everything ran smoothly. I had 25 fights and became the first British boxer to unify the cruiserweight division. I then achieved my childhood dream when I beat the WBA champion Nikolai Valuev, the seven-foot-two, 150-kilogram ‘Beast from the East’.”
Despite the animosities between the pair Bellew has paid tribute to Haye on his retirement.
“Nothing but respect and admiration for you.,” he wrote on Twitter.
“You’ve had a career that any fighter would be immensely proud of.
“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to fight yourself the first time around! It changed mine & my families life forever so I’ll always be indebted to you.”
Haye gave his heart and soul to boxing for 27 years, but now the former cruiserweight and heavyweight champion has called quits to his childhood dream. Haye will continue on as a promoter and will undoubtedly bring his special brand of hype to the business.