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Tony Bellew Gives High Praise To Former Foe David Haye

As previously reported on BoxingScene.com, David Haye has announced his retirement from boxing at the age of 37.

The former WBA heavyweight champion insisted he would stop fighting if he again lost to Tony Bellew in their rematch last month, and having shown significant signs of decline before being stopped in five rounds he has confirmed he no longer plans to fight on.

Haye first announced his retirement in October 2011 on his 31st birthday, before a lucrative grudge match with Dereck Chisora the following summer tempted him to return.

He was also advised to retire following surgery on his right shoulder in November 2013, but returned in January 2016 to secure two unremarkable victories and then suffer his third and fourth professional defeats, both against Bellew.

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Haye made his professional debut in 2002 and despite suffering a surprise defeat to former world champion Carl Thompson in 2004, he went on to establish himself as one of the finest cruiserweights in history by travelling to Paris and climbing off the canvas to stop the dangerous Jean-Marc Mormeck in 2007, winning his first two world titles.

A third followed in March 2008 when Haye stopped Wales’ Enzo Maccarinelli, but it was after his subsequent move into the heavyweight division that he became one of Britain’s household names.

In travelling to Germany and overcoming a significant size disadvantage to defeat Valuev and claim the WBA title in November 2009, Haye enjoyed perhaps his greatest night.

Successful title defences followed against John Ruiz and Audley Harrison before in July 2011 he was outpointed by Wladimir Klitschko for the WBA, WBO and IBF titles, in what was then the highest-profile heavyweight fight since Lennox Lewis’ victory over Mike Tyson in 2002.

Despite their animosity, Bellew issued some touching thoughts to his former rival.

"I wish him well and would like to thank him for the opportunity in the first fight," said Bellew to Sky Sports.

"He has had a fabulous career and will go down as one of the all-time British greats. Despite the pre-fight hype, I can assure you I have a huge amount of respect and admiration for Tony. Whenever I traded punches with him, and whenever I was in his presence, I felt the inner warrior.

"I saw a man who would take the battle as far as necessary to get victory; a man who, like myself, would rather die than give up or quit; a man I'd want on my side of the battlefield if going to war."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Sickmerch1990 on 06-14-2018

[QUOTE=TinAgeOfBoxing;18856647]Sorry to interrupt you while you ride the mans dyck but haye did not fight any cruisers as good as Gassiev or Usyk. Cruiser was very weak when he was there. His best win was probably Chisora.[/QUOTE] jean mcormeck was…

Comment by Travycat on 06-13-2018

When you make something about money instead of the passion for doing it, it shows you how easy it is to lose it all. He had a brilliant career until he tried to scam boxing and boxing fans some years…

Comment by TinAgeOfBoxing on 06-13-2018

[QUOTE=Sickmerch1990;18855296]Haye ten years ago was the best cruiser since holyfeild and would beat usyk or gassiev in a few rounds if you had a rewind button but the party life played its part a career never fulfilled toodles the man…

Comment by TinAgeOfBoxing on 06-13-2018

Predictably 2 of the worst fights ever but they secured his retirement fund.

Comment by McManus on 06-12-2018

Of course Bellew is going to praise Haye, it legitimizes him andlets be honest --- it put a lot of money in his accounts. Truth is Haye was a fraud. This is a day of celebration, no more bullshít from…

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