David Haye, Britain’s former world heavyweight champion, is advised to retire after shoulder surgery.
‘Enough is enough’
The 33-year-old boxer had a five-hour surgery to rebuild his right shoulder in Germany.
“The boxing gods keep hinting that maybe enough is enough,” Haye said, who seemed disappointed as he had no choice but to cancel his 8 February fight with Tyson Fury. “This wasn’t how I wanted to end 2013. Perhaps it just wasn’t meant to be.”
There was no mention of a problem with his shoulder after a cut above his left eye forced him to pull out the Fury fight in September, and it’s assumed he was back in light training.
Fury’s trainer and uncle, Peter Fury, said he was not shocked by the announcement that February’s fight had been cancelled.
Haye announced his retirement in October 2011, after losing his WBA belt to Wladimir Klitscho, but he returned to fight after a year.
Earlier in his boxing career, Haye won the European cruiseweight title, as well astaking the WBC, WBA, WBO world titles.
His recent fight was a knockout victory over Dereck Chisora at London’s Upton Park last year, and that seems likely to be his last ring appearance.