By James Slater: It’s been almost two months since his ultra-disappointing showing against heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko, and former World Boxing Association (WBA) champ David Haye has been very, very quiet. Those fans who are still interested in whether or not “The Hayemaker” will stick to his October 13th retirement promise or opt to have at least one more fight, can take the word of his good friend Carl Froch on the subject.
“The Cobra” knows Haye pretty well, the two sharing admiration for the other, and Carl feels Haye will almost certainly decide to call it a day. Froch was with Haye in Jamaica recently, as the two holidayed, and the two got to talking.
“I had a nice five-hour tour of the island with David Haye. I don’t think he is going to fight on,” Froch told The Daily Star. “He didn’t give me a definitive answer but listening to him, it doesn’t really sound like it. He wanted to go out on a better note. Whether he’ll fight again, personally I don’t think he will.”
How will the fans remember Haye if Froch’s prediction does come true? Going out on a damp squib of a loss will not help Haye’s legacy; nor will it do his celebrity profile any good – will Haye be invited on to the talk shows, etc, if he ends his career as a loser? If Haye did “want to go out on a better note,” as Froch says, then it will be strange if he doesn’t have at least one more fight. There was talk of a return fight with Wladimir, or even a shot at WBC boss Vitali – but now, in listening to Froch, it sounds as though there will be no attempt made by Haye when it comes to restoring his reputation.
Of course, Haye, despite the disappointment against “Dr. Steel Hammer,” can be proud of the achievements he did manage in boxing. Voted by Ring Magazine as The Cruiserweight of The Decade for the 2000s is an award any fighter would be hugely proud of, and Haye did okay at heavyweight for such a small (ish) guy. Haye can hold his head up high when he walks out in public, on that I think most level headed fans would agree.
Ultimately, however, due in large part to the incredible amount of bold talking and promise-making he gave us, Haye will be remembered by many as a fighter who failed to live up to his full potential. Froch could be wrong, though, and Haye may decide to box on. But how will the fans react if this proves to be the case?
October 13th is fast-approaching. Has Haye really made his mind up?