David Haye and his trainer/manager Adam Booth appear to disagree on whether or not Haye will retire in October, when he turns 31, or not. Haye has promised for a while now that he would retire at age 30, and in the buildup to Saturday's loss to Wladimir Klitschko, held true to the statement.
Here's what Haye said, from The Daily Star:
"I don’t want to go out on a defeat. That’s the kind of character I am. In an ideal world I don’t want to finish like this. I hate losing and had I won I would have been gunning for his older brother Vitali. I’m a born fighter. This is what I do. I’m used to training and fighting. My heart is telling me one thing and my head another."
But Booth was quite clear about his feelings:
"He has always said he will retire on October 13 and nothing has changed as far as I’m concerned."
So is there going to be a rift here, and if Haye does fight on, will he find himself needing to do so without Booth's services in and out of the ring? Say what you will about Booth, but he did manage to get Haye a 50-50 deal with Wladimir Klitschko, which is no small feat. Booth also dismisses the idea of a rematch, saying they now have no "parity," and that he will not enter into a "trash contract" -- which is what he feels the Klitschkos force other opponents into.
Haye (25-2, 23 KO) is still going to be regarded as one of the top heavyweights in the world, and I think it would be a mistake to consider him any less than one of the four best -- he might even still be a legitimate and deserving No. 3, which is where he came into this fight, behind only the brothers Klitschko. And there's still a lot of money for him to make out there. Even with the loss, and as disappointing a loss as it was in almost all ways, he still has a bigger fanbase than most anybody in the division. If he wants to fight on, he will, with or without support from Booth or anybody else in his inner circle.