Haye, the Bermondsey boy who grew up a stone's throw away from London's 02 Arena, scene of his latest downfall at the hands of Tony Bellew, booed by his home crowd, sent into what his supporters and those concerned with any sportsman's well-being hope will be permanent retirement. Haye could not land anything that really troubled Bellew in the first, and Bellew showed he was unsafe on the counter-attack in the second.
Haye then retired the services of Cuban trainer Ismael Salas, works with numerous top fighters like Jorge Linares.
Bellew knocked Haye down three times before referee Howard Foster put an end to the one-sided beating with Haye struggling to survive on the ropes. Haye began to let his own hands go and was starting to connect with solid shots, which were troubling Bellew.
Injuries and a stop-start career have taken their toll on the 37-year-old, and Bellew exposed those truths for the second successive fight.
He added: "David Haye is an wonderful fighter, take nothing away from him".
Bellew has achieved everything he ever set out to achieve and would do well to retire on such a high, having won the World Cruiserweight title at Goodison Park before defeating a former legend in back-to-back sold out fights.
"We got up close and I banged him up", said Bellew. He had a great game plan and I had no answer.
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"You lot will laugh but I will beat Andre Ward", said Bellew.
Haye survived the fourth round but was hit cleanly with a left hook in the fifth and his legs were gone, sending him to the floor once again.
It's also looked like Haye was becoming more and more flat-footed as the fight progressed, another reason to suggest that his Achilles injury was still plaguing him and that his body just can not handle a hard sport as hard as boxing anymore! Every fight I'm in is a Super Series. If he is true to his word, there is nowhere left for him to go in a sport he has decorated with exciting performances, some outrageous hype and never less than total heart.
"When he fought [Mikkel] Kessler for the second time and I still haven't had that phone call".
"I lost my brother last year and there is only one person this victory is for - it's for Ashley", said 35-year-old Bellew, clearly emotional and raw after the tragic events of August 2017.
"I know he is watching me and he's smiling at me and laughing at me".