David Haye has announced his retirement from boxing after last month’s rematch defeat by Tony Bellew.
The 37-year-old has decided to end his 32-fight career following the fifth-round stoppage loss to Bellew, a second successive defeat inside the distance at the hands of his British rival.
In a statement on his official website, Haye said: “Of course, my ego would have loved to have retired on a win, or as a champion.
“But, deep down, I know my effort on May 5, 2018 was the very best I had left to give. I also know that underwhelming effort revealed the truth about my current abilities in a world-class boxing arena.
After turning professional in 2002, Haye overcame a shock early defeat to Carl Thompson as he unified the cruiserweight division, holding three of the major titles after his knockout win over Enzo Maccarinelli in March 2008.
— David Haye (@mrdavidhaye) June 12, 2018