The site of David Haye dragging his leg around the ring, following the rupturing of his achilles in the Tony Bellew fight was an awkward watch; one that perhaps signalled the end to the Hayemaker’s career.
With all the talk of Haye’s comeback, and the Englishman having plans to previously take on the current pin-up boy of boxing, Anthony Joshua; such thoughts and conversations were quickly put to bed after the Bomber’s 11th round stoppage of Haye.
If the Hayemaker couldn’t defeat the ‘dad bod’ of the Evertonian, the 36-year-old does not deserve such mention at a world title shot, nor even a rematch against Bellew himself.
In similar fashion to the Wladimir Klitschko-Joshua fight; the bout is done, the better boxer won; why does either Klitschko or Haye deserve a rematch?
Both fights – to all four fighters credit – have given the heavyweight division a much needed breath of fresh air; it’s more open, and because of that, Bellew deserves his shot at the WBO belt, in a fight against Joseph Parker.
It would seem that David Haye has other plans, though. The Englishman has just split with trainer Shane McGuigan in an attempt to continue his recovery process and get back in the ring as quickly as possible; the 36-year-old had the following to say:
“I’m pleased to confirm rehabilitation is going well and I will make a complete recovery.
Whilst I am not quite in a position to be announcing my next opponent, my passion for the sport remains unwavered and desire to regain my heavyweight title is stronger than ever.”
— David Haye
Judging by Haye’s performance in March against Bellew, the Englishman looked way off the pace to be thinking about regaining his heavyweight he lost to Wladimir Klitschko in 2011.
Although he is entitled to a rematch against Bellew, there seems zero sense in a second fight which Bellew has won fair and square. The major shoulder injury Haye received in 2012 has finished him, and the two amateur fights Haye had before Bellew were purely papering over the cracks, and paying the bills.
A six-pack, and pecks won’t win you titles, David; hang your gloves up for good this time.