Richard Schaefer Will Not Push David Haye To Retire

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BodiesInFlight on 06-04-2018

He should fight David Price - Winner has to retire.

Comment by sore_back on 06-04-2018

Haye should retire, but if he decides to, it won't be because people he knows/ works with pushes him into it. He seems quite independently minded so he has to make the decision for himself.

Comment by Eff Pandas on 06-04-2018

He must not like David or he knows David needs money or w/e.

Comment by P4Pdunny on 06-04-2018

Of course he's done, he doesn't need to officially announce him. He gets ahead of himself and talks too much, he said if he didn't win convincingly he would bow it, he got dropped three times and stopped..there should be…

Comment by thack on 06-01-2018

Richard has no say anyway .David said that even if he won but looked bad he would retire.He looked terrible and was sad to see. A body breakdown or whatever David is done and doesn't need idiots around him

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