Boxing: Haye's days are numbered

Is David Haye no longer a top fighter?
08 May 2018
by:   Mateusz Fenrych

American Andre Wade could be coming out of retirement to face heavyweight boxer Tony Bellew after he demolished David Haye on Saturday night with a fifth round victory.

In what was a highly electric O2 Arena, Bellew ripped through the former two-weight world champion.

 

But time could be up for the former world cruiserweight No 1 and former WBA heavyweight champion Haye with Bellew saying his bitter rival should hang up his gloves. Bellew said, "My first words when he hugged me, and I was a bit emotional on the canvas…were please stop".

"This is a very unforgiving sport, a young man’s sport for a fighter with the attributes and style David Haye has. Boxing does no favours to fighters who are over 35, who rely on reflexes and explosive speed. He will always have the power in his punch, but he doesn’t have the speed and explosiveness anymore"

Haye will take a few days to decide his future after losing to Bellew for the second time and suffering his third defeat in six fights over seven years.

Ringside analyst for Sky Box Office Former world champion Paulie Malignaggi said that he believed Haye looked as if he could not put weight through his legs, but after the fight, Haye denied that he was carrying an injury.

Bellew has now turned his attention to fights with former pound-for-pound king Andre Ward, saying he has the style to defeat the boxer while also eyeing a fight with former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. Fury is set to return to the ring on June 30, following a 30-month absence from the sport. Bellew said "I would love Tyson Fury, I would love to knock Tyson Fury out and I know I can".

However, that fight is unlikely to happen after Fury signed a deal with rival network BT Sport under promoter Frank Warren.

On Saturday night, both fighters were involved in a cagey dance for the first six minutes before Bellew went on the attack with the Bell saving Haye in final seconds of the third round. Haye the succumbed to the aggressive nature of Bellew in which he was flatten in the third round.

Bellew was very smart in his boxing and was patient in how he went about attacking and executing versus Haye.

Haye was hardly able to stay upright when referee Howard Foster signalled a merciful stoppage in the fifth round.

“He did some really clever stuff. I didn’t, plain and simple. He had a great game plan and I had no answer," Haye admitted after his defeat to Bellew.

Bellew whose record now stands at 30 victories, two losses and a draw, dismissed the idea of challenging the heavyweight belt holders in Anthony Joshua and American Deonta Wilder.

The WBA, WBO, IBF champion Joshua could be set to face Wilder, further down in the year or early next year.

British heavyweight boxing promoter Eddie Hearn is optimistic the fight could happen this year.

Following Bellew’s victory over Haye on Saturday night, the fighter has now placed himself in the conversation for a championship fight saying “I need a world title or a big, huge name.”

Saturday’s fight could be the last time we see Haye in the ring, as the fighter must accept his time at the top is in the past.



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