Former Trainer: Haye Never Should've Been in Ring With Bellew

By Keith Idec

Adam Booth took one look at David Haye at the beginning of his rematch against Tony Bellew and realized the former champion he once trained shouldn’t even have been in the ring.

And after watching Bellew batter Haye again, Booth believes it’s time for Haye to call it a career.

“It’s hard to see where he can go from here,” Booth told Sky Sports for a story posted to the network’s website Monday. “In my opinion, he should never have been in there anyway, and he shouldn’t even have been in there last year, but he was.”

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Bellew (30-2-1, 20 KOs) dropped Haye twice in the third round and once in the fifth on his way to a fifth-round technical knockout Saturday night at a sold-out O2 Arena in London. The often-injured, 37-year-old Haye (28-4, 26 KOs), who suffered a ruptured right Achilles’ tendon during their first fight 14 months earlier, hobbled at times during their rematch as well.

Five-plus months earlier, Haye had surgery to repair his left biceps injury, which caused a 4½-month postponement of the second Bellew bout.

“I don’t know how he is physically,” Booth said, “but technically he made some big mistakes and let Tony trade with him. You don’t hook with a hooker, if you’re not a hooker, and David is a jab-and-straight-right-hand puncher. He made the wrong choice and paid the ultimate price.”

As unimpressed as he was with how Haye boxed, Booth liked what he saw from the resilient Bellew.

“He was very careful and smart early on,” Booth said. “He was badly buzzed in the second round, styled it out, then used his legs to control the distance. And when he had a chance to trade with David, he traded with him, and came off better.

“The way he dropped David was the same way he dropped [Ilunga] Makabu, the same way he dropped BJ Flores. He trades so well and he looked very happy doing it.”

Booth hopes the likeable Bellew can cash in on another TKO win against Haye, a former cruiserweight and heavyweight champion.

“He deserves every accolade he gets,” Booth said. “I hope he gets a big-money fight next. Whatever it is next, Tony is a draw and whoever is in the other corner, Tony is the draw.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JcLazyX210 on 05-08-2018

[QUOTE=Ray*;18749946]Well he and his wife are going through a divorce, he has a promotional company that he is trying develop, the only way for him to make massive money is through fighting, the bellew fight just like the Joshua or…

Comment by Chrismart on 05-08-2018

I imagine Haye knew that himself. The same as with the first fight when he was carrying an injury. There was good money on the table though, so he took it.

Comment by slimPickings on 05-08-2018

Once a con, always a con. It finally caught up with him. Lets see how he con his way back into another money fight.

Comment by bruno79 on 05-08-2018

[QUOTE=White Willie;18749947]David Haye should have just fought a string of those Euro bums. If he'd stayed active and built up a string of early knockouts he'd have eventually got the Anthony Joshua fight for a lot more money than he…

Comment by Noelanthony on 05-08-2018

[QUOTE=JcLazyX210;18749935]We're all poor compared to MJ. My question is he treading water with his finances? If you say he has good business then he's cool. In America taxes will rape you . So having 2-5 mil in the bank can…

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