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Booth: Haye Still Retired, Struggled in Gym, No Klitschko

By Chris LaBate

Adam Booth, manager and trainer of former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye, has denied recently published reports that his fighter has resumed training for a possible fight with WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in March 2012. Haye, who last fought in July and suffered a twelve round decision loss to younger brother Wladimir Klitschko, announced his retirement from boxing in October. Booth does admit to receiving calls about a possible Vitali fight and conversations did take place, but no deal was ever reached.

"Yes I've had phone calls and communications but as far as I'm concerned at the moment, the fight isn't happening and David is retired," Booth told Sky Sports News. "That's all I can say at the moment."

Booth revealed that Haye recently trained for the first time in months, but he badly struggled during a sparring session, mostly due from being away from active training for an extended period of time.

"He came down the gym yesterday to watch George [Groves] spar, and all of a sudden he produced a gumshield out of his bag and did a couple of rounds with George," Booth explained. "After wheezing his way through two rounds I think he realized just how far back he has to come for a title."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Weebler I on 11-21-2011

[QUOTE=hugh grant;11455263][B]All that organic produce, not many wars, not many fights hasnt really prolonged his career has it? Ricky hatton had a longer career on his fry ups and beers.[/B] Are you sure his little toe has healed yet/[/QUOTE] lol…

Comment by Ravens Fan on 11-21-2011

[QUOTE=The Devil;11456293]Yes, but in fairness the better word would have been ignorant. Not the insulting slur of ignorant, but the fact that you ignore hard visual facts after asking for an example. However, you're entitled to your own reality. At…

Comment by The Devil on 11-21-2011

[QUOTE=Ravens Fan;11455933]I guess this quote was in reference to me [/QUOTE] Yes, but in fairness the better word would have been ignorant. Not the insulting slur of ignorant, but the fact that you ignore hard visual facts after asking for…

Comment by JibbaJabber on 11-21-2011

Haye is going to fight.. he can make another 14 million.. he ain't fooling me.

Comment by Ravens Fan on 11-21-2011

[QUOTE=The Devil;11455822]It's not to say that is why Haye "lost" the fight. The Devil was simply tasked with providing an example, [B]which he foolishly wasted his time producing for the blindly led and hopelessly uneducated.[/B] Haye did not win the…

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