By Steve Kim
Back on May 5th, former two division world champion David Haye was stopped once again by Tony Bellew , this time in five rounds in their rematch which took place at the O2 Arena in London.
And like their first match-up (which was won by Bellew by 11th round stoppage), it was evident that Haye's achilles was a major issues as he hobbled about the ring as he hit the canvas three times during this one-sided affair.
With his body seemingly breaking down on him, many have called on the 37-year old Haye to retire.
"Well, I've talked to him, I spent a lot of time with him right after the fight and then talked to him in the days following the fight, I'm in regular communication with him because we are partners with Joe Joyce and a couple of other fighters in the UK," said Richard Schaefer, the head of Ringstar Sports.
"So he's my friend and I never push an athlete, a fighter, to make a decision for him regarding retirement, when to retire or not to retire.
Schaefer continued by stating - "It's such a personal decision that he needs to come to it by himself, otherwise he'll regret it later. So he has been reviewing the fight and he's a smart guy and I leave it in his capable hands to make the right decision. That night showed that the heart is still there but it was painful to see him in the ring that night."
Early on in that fight it was clear to Schaefer that Haye - a former unified cruiserweight champion and the WBA heavyweight titlist - was impaired physically.
"There was no bounce, it was like he was dragging his legs. It was not the David Haye we've seen before."
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com