David Haye suggests he could retire from boxing – even if he wins Tony Bellew rematch
David Haye claims he could quit even if he beats Tony Bellew in their heavyweight grudge rematch.
Haye admits he doesn’t know what he will have left when he steps through the ropes at London’s O2 to face Bellew.
The two-weight world champ has been crocked more often than Daniel Sturridge over the last six years and has only managed to beat a couple of nobodies in that time.
Haye’s goal is to win another world heavyweight title and the 37-year-old admits he will retire if Saturday night shows he cannot get back to that level.
“It solely depends on how I win this fight,” said Haye, who held the WBA heavyweight crown between 2009 and 2011.
“In the gym it feels like I’m as good as I’ve ever been, but that’s in the gym. I’ve known many gym fighters over the years, who look great in sparring, but put the lights on and it all falls apart.
“I can’t judge it on what I do in the gym. They’re just numbers on a pad and paper. The only thing that matters is what happens when the lights and cameras are on.
“I will only know after the fight when I review it, ‘is that guy good enough to beat the best in the division?’. If he clearly looks like he is then I will continue in the division. If it isn’t then I can say at least I didn’t lose my last fight.”