David Haye has retired from boxing at the age of 37.
The Londoner was a former world champion, but the latter stages of his career revealed a fighter with a competitive heart and an uncooperative body.
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Ending his career with two consecutive defeats at the hands of Tony Bellew was a unceremonious end to a career that carried much promise, and to an extent, delivered.
Fighting for his first world title at the age of just 24, Haye’s loss via TKO to fellow Brit Carl Thompson would prove to be a formative moment. Just three years later, the Bermondsey-born Haye had worked his way back to the top of the tree and unified the cruiserweight division.
With one weight conquered, Haye now set his eyes on the heavyweights. A majority decision handed him the WBA heavyweight belt in a contest with Nikolai Valuev.
Further heavyweight bouts saw Haye take on John Ruiz and Audley Harrison, and the now 30-year-old arrived at the door of Wladimir Klitschko in 2011.
The fearsome Ukrainian had unified the heavyweight division two years previously, and now Haye was seeking to make history by going lineal at two weights.
A hard-fought contest saw Klitschko retain his belts with a unanimous decision from the judges.
A fight against Dereck Chisora was Haye’s last for four years, and a 2016 comeback failed to launch the icon back into the limelight he had once enjoyed.
David Haye will be remembered for his mouth, his fierce competitiveness, and the way he so nearly conquered the boxing world at two weight classes.