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Warren: Haye should retire; he doesn’t have it at the heavyweight level

By Sean McDaniel: British promoter Frank Warren thinks that former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye should hang up the gloves and get out of the sport of boxing after Haye was easily handled by IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in a 12 round decision win for Wladimir at the Imtech Arena in Hamburg, Germany.

Haye looked terrible in the fight and despite his bold talk beforehand about how he was going to put Wladimir in the hospital, Haye did very little in the fight and fought in a safety first manner.


Warren said this about Haye in an interview at the BBC Radio 5: “I think he should retire. He’s got money in the bank so why does he need to fight on? He was a great cruiserweight but hasn’t got it at this level.”

Haye had been promising that he would retire in October, but he’s now having second thoughts about that and wants a rematch with Wladimir.

Haye was easily beaten by Wladimir, but we really don’t know how well Haye would do against one of the big heavyweight contenders because Haye has been pretty carefully matched since he moved up from the cruiserweight division. Haye has fought older heavyweights for the most part instead of the young giant heavyweights like Robert Helenius and Alexander Dimitrenko.

There are some medium sized heavyweights that Haye might also have problems with like Denis Boytsov, Alexander Povetkin, Ruslan Chagaev, Eddie Chambers, Chris Arreola, Odlanier Solis and Samuel Peter. Haye definitely showed in the loss to Klitschko that he was too small to do much against him. Haye looked like a small cruiserweight or a Chris Byrd type fighter trying to compete against a super heavyweight. It just wasn’t going to work because of Haye’s lack of size.

Haye has been talking about wanting to fight Wladimir again if he’s interested. As of now, Wladimir isn’t showing a lot of urgency to get back in the ring with Haye. However, even if he was the fans might not want to pay to watch another mismatch between Wladimir and Haye without Haye having redeemed himself with some quality victories. Haye isn’t interested in fighting any of the contenders; He wants a big money rematch with Wladimir straight away. That’s the problem. With Haye not wanting to fight any of the contenders to build his name back up, he’s not in a good situation to be asking for a rematch. It’s like an employee doing really bad at his job and then going to his boss asking for a raise. It’s probably not going to happen.

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