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Breaking: David Haye Announces Retirement

Former heavyweight champion of the world David Haye has today announced his retirement from professional boxing.

Haye had 32 professional fights during his 16-year career and was most recently defeated by fellow English heavyweight Tony Bellew.

The 37-year old fighter announced the decision in a statement, saying he was looking forward to the next chapter of his life and that “this is not the end of my story – it’s simply the start of something new”.

Haye, who had a professional record of 28 wins and four losses, is one of only two boxers in history to have unified the cruiserweight titles and become a heavyweight champion along with Evander Holyfield.

Speaking about his most recent defeat at the hands of Tony Bellew, Haye said: “for my fans, it must have been like going to support their favourite thoroughbred racehorse at the Grand National, only to see their stallion stumble out the gates like a sedated mule at the Donkey Derby.”

A 16-year veteran of the sport, Haye began his professional career at the age of 22 with his biggest victories in the ring coming against the likes of Nicolai Valuev and Enzo Maccarinelli.

Haye finished by thanking his fans for their continued support throughout his career and the sport of boxing as a whole.

“To my fans, thank you from the bottom of my heart, for dancing through the tough times with me, and applauding my efforts regardless of the result. Your kind support always meant the world to me, and I won’t forget the many great nights we shared.

“Thank you, also, to everyone who has supported not only me and my career but the sport of boxing as a whole. My sport. The beautiful noble art.”

Author: Oisin McQueirns

Oisin McQueirns is a digital journalist at Pundit Arena. Massive fan of Leeds United, Ric Flair and Trusting The Process. Contact him here [email protected]