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Haye: I'll Have To Review The Fight, Then Decide on Career

David Haye will consider retirement after his career was left in ruins following his dramatic defeat by Tony Bellew.

The former WBA heavyweight champion proved shot beyond doubt when, in their rematch at London’s O2 Arena, he was dropped three times before being stopped in the fifth round.

At 37 Haye’s punch resistance and once fine footwork was gone, and to the extent that he struggled and became desperate from the moment Bellew landed the explosive right hand that changed their fight in the third round.

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He had previously recognised he would have no choice but to retire if he again lost to a fighter who was a light-heavyweight when he was a world champion and at his peak, and will struggle to secure the financial opportunities his reputation once demanded.

Under his new trainer Ismael Salas and until the first knockdown he was winning and had improved on the poor performance he had produced when losing last March.

But, of his future, he told talkSPORT: “I’ll have to go back and review exactly what happened then make a decision. It’s never good to make a decision when everything is up in the air.

“Tony boxed better than I did, plain and simple, and the better man won.

“Nobody can say they didn’t get a good night’s entertainment. They definitely got their money’s worth, but the better man won on the night, Tony Bellew, so congratulations to him.”

Bellew, the former WBC cruiserweight champion, was again considered the underdog but is enjoying the finest run of his career.

Despite struggling until the knockdown, the 35-year-old said: “I was waiting for the perfect moment. I’m a clever cat. Not bad for a fat Scouser. I’m a clever man, I have brains, I have skills. I know what I can do.

“Doubt me now. Doubt me now, you fools.

“You all judge me on aesthetically how I look. You all judge me, just because I am a little fat Scouser.”

Bellew had since their first fight suffered the death of his brother-in-law Ashley Roberts, and having also spoken of his desire to fight the great Andre Ward, he said: “(It has been) the most horrible eight months of my life.

“(My wife) is my toughest fight. I said this would be my last one, but I know I have got to keep fighting because I live for nights like this.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 05-06-2018

I said here before first fight that haye gonna lose. Nearly everybody laughed at me. I don`t know what you expected from Haye, he is 38 old, the last his good fight was 6 years ago. Don`t like Bellew neither,…

Comment by LacedUp on 05-06-2018

This guy is totally done.

Comment by joe strong on 05-06-2018

He looked so slow & unsure of himself. He looked in good shape but simply couldn’t pull the trigger fast enough. Too many injuries & too much inactivity. The ship has sailed on his career. He had a good run…

Comment by b00g13man on 05-06-2018

Yeah, you're done dude. There's nothing more to it.

Comment by Gillie on 05-06-2018

[QUOTE=Ray*;18743123]Watch the Chisora fight, you could see it there. He bailed himself out with that Haymaker. He was exhausted in that fight. Chisora would have drown him later on in that fight if it went any longer.[/QUOTE] Cool. I will…

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