David Haye made the surprise announcement over the weekend that he’ll likely be forced into retirement following extensive surgery to repair his right shoulder.
Haye was preparing to face Tyson Fury on February 8 in a bout that had already been delayed once. Originally scheduled in September, the fight was postponed when Haye suffered a cut in sparring just a week before the bout.
Haye underwent surgery in Germany and released the below statement regarding the seriousness of the injury:
It’s a crushing blow for me. I had big plans to win back the world heavyweight title, something my amazing fans deserve.
The boxing Gods kept hinting that maybe enough is enough and that it’s time to finally hangup my gloves. I’ve been boxing for 23 years now and this has clearly taken a toll on my body. I can only offer my sincerest apologies to all those fans who have followed me over the years and, like me, wanted to finish on a real high.
Fury, who called into question the legitimacy of Haye’s last injury, made a statement on Sunday accusing Haye of always being “afraid” of going through with their contest:
I’m absolutely furious but in all honesty this is exactly what I expected. Everyone knows I was very suspicious when he pulled out the first time and this confirms to me that he’s always been afraid of me and never wanted the fight.
At press time, Fury has not disclosed if he’ll attempt to face another opponent on the February 8 date.
Back injuries, cuts, hand fractures and shoulder surgery. Haye has had enough fight pull-outs and postponements that any reasonable person would be suspicious. But this is the first time I recall that he’s seriously mentioned having to retire. Fury has every right to be pissed off because Haye had to have known there were issues with his shoulder while negotiating the February 8 date.
Haye hasn’t officially hung up the gloves yet, so we’ll see how this story develops in the coming weeks. Do you believe Haye, or is he crying wolf to set up another big comeback?