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OPINION: David Haye's career is over

IntuBoxing's Paul Humphreys looks back at David Haye's career and where it all went wrong.

By Paul Humphreys   - @intuboxing

OPINION: David Haye's career is over

Make no mistake, David Haye’s career is over.

After his TKO defeat to Tony Bellew at the O2 in London last weekend, Haye said that he will review the tapes to see where he went wrong; he will have to go back to at least 2011, which was the last time he took his boxing career seriously.

At the top level in this wonderful sport, taking that amount of time off between fights, living in semi-retirement partying with celebrity friends is not the lifestyle of a top level prizefighter. Add that to the fact he's only had three fights in five years before last weekend, two ‘gimmes’ and a first defeat to Tony Bellew last March, when yet again his body gave up on him.

In November 2007, when Haye travelled to Paris to dethrone Jean Marc Mormeck of the Cruiserweight title he looked to have the world at his feet with a jump to heavyweight beckoning the British boxing media predicted him to make a big splash in the heavyweight ranks.

After a blowout unification victory against fellow brit Enzo Maccarinelli, Haye stepped up to heavyweight with a convincing TKO victory against gatekeeper Monte Barrett.

After positioning himself to challenge the Russian giant, Nikolay Valuev, the noise for Haye to challenge lineal champion Wladimir Klitschko was already deafening.

Haye went onto relieve Valuev of his WBA heavyweight title to set up a mouth watering clash with the king of the division Dr. Steelhammer himself.

After two routine defences against John Ruiz and Audley Harrison, Haye travelled to Germany to take on the division no.1, Wladimir Klitschko. Unfortunately, David was unable to back up his pre-fight boasts of decapitation and pain, losing a clear unanimous decision.

Herein lies the problem; David has been terribly inactive and has not lived like a professional fighter ever since. The real David Haye as we have been promised so many times before simply does not exist anymore.

His reflexes, speed and the other natural gifts he possessed in previous years have long gone and all we are left with is a shell of a once dominant fighter that age and inactivity clearly caught up with.

Time to hang them up David; thanks for the memories.