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David Haye Could Be Set for Retirement After Bellew Bout

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Former heavyweight world champion David Haye may be set for retirement following his rematch with Tony Bellew in May. The 37-year-old has hinted on Instagram that he is likely to hang up his gloves up in 2018 due to the injuries he has picked up over the last 12 months.

Haye has the opportunity to gain revenge against Bellew when the pair meet again in the spring. The Hayemaker was stopped in the 11th round of their opening clash in 2017. His chances of beating the cruiserweight world champion were hampered when he injured his Achilles midway through the contest as he struggled to stand on his affected leg.

The two British boxers were scheduled to meet in December of 2017 but that bout had to be postponed as Haye was forced to withdraw following an injury he picked up when training for the contest. Haye has since undergone surgery to repair his arm and is expected to be 100% by the time they head to the ring in May.

Despite losing in the first fight, Haye is the 2/5 favourite in the latest betting odds for their next showdown. Hayemake is 8/11 to win by stoppage inside the 12 rounds, while he is 5/1 to get the decision on the judges’ scorecards following 12 rounds.

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The highlight of Haye’s career came in November 2009 when he got the better of Nikolai Valuev to land the WBA heavyweight title. The London-born boxer then defended his crown against John Ruiz and Audley Harrison before losing on points to Wladimir Klitschko.

Haye announced he had retired from the sport in 2012 to pursue other projects such as his promotional body. He did, though, decide to return to the ring in 2016 with the target of earning himself another shot at a world title. Since his comeback, he has won two of his three fights, with early knockouts coming against Mark de Mori and Arnold Gjergjaj.

Bellew on Verge Of World Heavyweight Title Shot

Bellew will be hoping to prove his victory against Haye was no fluke when he meets his foe again at the O2 Arena in London in May. The Merseyside boxer has not lost since suffering a sixth-round stoppage against Adonis Stevenson in Canada in 2013.

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The WBC cruiserweight champion won his title in the 200 pound division in May 2016 but has only had one defence of that belt. A second consecutive win over Haye may result in Bellew vacating his cruiserweight crown and fighting for one of the major titles in the heavyweight division.

Bellew has been linked with a contest with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. The American has won all 39 of his professional bouts and could meet the British boxer before a unification contest with Anthony Joshua later in 2018.

Given he is 35 years old, retirement is also be a possibility for Bellew following the Haye fight. He is likely to take some time to think about his next move but at the moment all of his focus is on his big fight on May 5 in what could be one of the highlights of 2018 in boxing.