Haye advised to retire after shoulder surgery

Sun Nov 17, 2013 2:29pm EST
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LONDON (Reuters) - Former world heavyweight champion David Haye has been advised by doctors to consider retiring after undergoing shoulder surgery, the Briton said on Sunday.

Haye underwent five hours of surgery in Germany on Thursday to reconstruct his right shoulder and was advised to think about ending his 11-year professional boxing career.

Haye, 33, had been due to box compatriot Tyson Fury in a rearranged bout on February 8, 2014, in Manchester, but he has canceled the fight for a second time.

The bout had been originally scheduled for September 28 but was called off after Haye cut his left eyebrow in sparring.

"I genuinely believed the shoulder injury wasn't that bad," Haye said in a statement on his website (www.hayemaker.com).

"But the doctor sent me for a detailed MRI scan and within 24 hours I was told the full extent of the damage. Twenty-four hours after that I was in the operating theatre.

"It's a crushing blow for me. I had big plans for next year and the ultimate goal was to win back the world heavyweight title, something my amazing fans deserve.

"What I didn't anticipate was that this year would be the unluckiest of my career and that a number of injuries would disrupt my plans so much. Perhaps it just wasn't meant to be. The boxing Gods keep hinting that maybe enough is enough and that it's time to finally hang up my gloves."

Haye, who lost his WBA belt in 2011 to Ukrainian Vladimir Klitschko, called off his previous planned fight against Germany's Manuel Charr in June when he suffered a hand injury.   Continued...

English boxer David Haye stands on the sideline before the Minnesota Vikings met the Pittsburgh Steelers in their NFL football game at Wembley Stadium in London, September 29, 2013. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett