David Haye Continues Retirement Talk Ahead of Klitschko Fight

David Haye says his July 2 fight could, in theory, be his last. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

David Haye continues to say he'll retire soon, and that his July 2 fight for the legit world heavyweight championship against Wladimir Klitschko could be his last:

"It could be my last fight," Haye told the BBC. "I've always said that I am going to retire when I'm 30. If there's another fight [against Vitali] that can happen quickly then let's get it on.

"Otherwise, once I've unified the titles, there's nowhere else to go - I've always anticipated retiring and have adjusted my life according to that."

I don't think anyone really believes Haye will retire after this fight. I mean, he might "retire" like Floyd Mayweather Jr "retires," but he'd be back soon enough, and since he fights once or twice a year anyway, what's the difference, really? More likely than anything, he's using this constant retirement talk to try and drum up further interest in his fights. "Oh, we better see the Hayemaker before he's gone! He's going to retire, you know!"

As much as I'm definitely not for seeing fighters hang on too long, I'm also against guys targeting specific times to retire. It just sort of gives the impression that they're not fully in it, if you know what I mean, instead of just doing what they do until the time comes. But I guess since so few really give it up when the time so obviously, inevitably comes, you just sort of have to take it all for what it is.

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