With Tyson Fury stating that he intends to send David Haye into retirement, an assessment of the reality of such a claim is very interesting.
David Haye, aged 32, has flirted with retirement a few times now. Haye initially retired after losing to Wladimir Klitschko in 2011. Then after the infamous press conference brawl with fellow Brit Dereck Chisora he returned again last summer to defeat Chisora with a five-round knockout.
Over the last few years, Haye kept on insisting that he would only return to fight one of the Klitschko brothers and put the record straight following his comprehensive loss to Wladimir. This has since been shown to be untrue and David announced his comeback to try and work his way into position to fight for a world title again.
Haye has taken this fight with Fury for several reasons. Firstly it would be a good victory over an up and coming boxer that would help him on the way to fight for a world title and secondly he will make a huge amount of money out of the fight.
Both fighters are extremely controversial and for that reason get people interested in the sport. They are great characters and they are able to really hype up a fight to the extreme.
Haye a former unified cruiserweight world champion and WBA heavyweight world champion is a man who is used to winning and appearing at the top of the sport. If he does lose to Fury than there surely is nowhere for him to go in the sport.
Haye has come back for a shot at the world title and is the type of fighter who would get nothing from fighting lesser boxers below the elite level.
If Haye does lose this fight then there would be no chance at a world title shot and surely no motivation for him to carry on in the sport. Haye doesn’t need the money and with his celebrity status wouldn ‘t be short of offers outside of the ring to keep him occupied.
A loss for Haye would be horrific for his legacy as it would really make people question just how good a boxer he is and was. There would be nothing left in the sport for David and I’m sure he knows this going into the fight.
He will as ever turn up in imperious shape and will perhaps train harder than ever knowing that this could be his last ever performance in the ring.
Fury aged 24 on the other hand is still very young and could come back from a loss to go on and fight for a world title at some point in the future. A loss would set Fury back a bit in his bid to fight for a title but would by no means destroy his career.
A lot of the hype around Fury would dissolve but with good performances he could come back and fight for a title. Fury is therefore in the position of knowing that he has this advantage over Haye so he could go into the fight feeling less nervous.
On the other hand thinking like this can be dangerous as nerves are what keep a boxer switched on and alert to the dangers of entering the ring.
This fight is a crossroad fight for Haye whereby if he losses than his career has to be over but if he wins than his chances of a world title fight are strengthened.
David Haye vs Tyson Fury; the end of a career or business as usual?
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