David Haye's protege speaks out about Hayemaker's retirement and future

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Michael 'Venom' Page has revealed his promoter David Haye could compete in an MMA fight having retired from boxing.

Haye retired in early June having been beaten twice consecutively by rival Tony Bellew and took to social media to make the announcement.

The 37-year-old reigned as a unified cruiserweight champion and held the WBA heavyweight title across his almost 18-year career.

Despite only losing four times in 32 contests, the ‘Hayemaker’ had a career battling injuries, something he cited as being a reason to call it a day, but the Brit will still remain active in the world of boxing as a promoter.

In 2008, Haye founded ‘Hayemaker Promotions’ and the former two-weight world champion promotes the likes of Joe Joyce and ‘Venom’ Page, the latter being a former kickboxer and undefeated MMA fighter.

Page has enjoyed a successful start to his boxing career with two wins in as many contests to compliment his 13-0 MMA record, but ‘MVP’ told The Sun Haye has what it takes to himself cross codes.

He said: “David has struggled with injuries towards the end of his career and grappling and wrestling cause more injuries than any striking training, you end up with multiple injuries.

“In my opinion, the reason David has retired from boxing is because of the stress he has to put his body under in camps, just to get to the fights.

“Being in the ring or the cage is the bit we enjoy, getting there is the hard part. He has probably said to himself ‘I cannot get through the camps that I need to get to the level I want to fight at’.

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“But, if you are talking about something in the mixed martial arts world – just a one-off fight – then why not.

“He could jump in there, create some numbers like Mayweather vs McGregor.”

Haye was set to face UFC light-heavyweight Jimi Manuwa, however, the fight was scrapped after ‘The Poster Boy’ was knocked out by Volkan Oezdemir in July 2017.

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