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Froch: "Haye Will Retire"

WBC super-middleweight champ thinks it's the end of the road

Posted Aug 25, 2011 by Chris White

Haye lost to Wladimir Klitschko in his last fight

WBC World super-middleweight champion Carl Froch believes it is simply a matter of time until the former World Heavyweight Champion calls time on his career.

David Haye suffered a humiliating defeat in Hamburg against Wladimir Klitschko, choosing to blame a toe injury for the defeat rather than the fact that he is simply not as good as his Ukrainian opponent, proving to be as wet in the ring as the weather that night in Germany.

Having spent some time on holiday with Haye, Froch, arguably the biggest name in British boxing right now alongside Amir Khan, believes Haye won’t get back into the ring. The former champion had said he was aiming to retire before his birthday in October, but is yet to make any announcement, despite being adamant with his retirement plans, and being called for a fight by Vitali Klitschko.

When asked what he thought of a return to the ring for Haye, Froch told the Daily Mail newspaper “I don’t think he’s going to fight again. Listening to him, he is quite content. It doesn’t really sound like it.”

So should British fans be upset with the news of his likely retirement? Personally, probably not. He reached the top and he is obviously on the way back down again with the Klitschko brothers dominating the weight category and the new breed of boxers coming up fast. I know there are plenty of people who will miss seeing Haye in the ring – don’t get me wrong, he was great for the sport here in the UK, let’s face it we don’t get that many world champions – but there are the same number if not more, who will be glad he’s called it a day, and for a number of reasons.

Let’s be honest, he has alienated a fairly large proportion of the general public with some of his comments, especially the now infamous ‘gang rape’ quote prior to the fight with Audley Harrison, and just the constant dribble about being the best in the world, only to back those comments up with his performance in Hamburg.

Should Haye retire, it is probably the right decision. If not, he’s only going to get beaten again I feel and find himself as one of those fighters that keeps getting beaten by younger opponents until he finally sees sense.

Ring the bell.

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