MUCH TO PONDER: David Haye
FORMER HEAVYWEIGHT champion David Haye has been urged to fight on. Haye, who lost his WBA version of the title against Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg last Saturday is pondering retirement, but former two-weight champion Rickey Hatton – who announced his own retirement on Thursday – thinks that 30 year-old Haye still has much to offer the sport.
"The decision is his but I think retirement is a bit too early for him," Hatton said. "I think he should give it a couple more fights. He still has a lot to offer. It would be nice for David Haye to see the Hayemaker's name up in lights in Las Vegas like I had. He's not had the chance to do that yet," said Hatton, who fought five times in Vegas.
"It would be nice for him to go to America, re-establish himself over there and come back and get a rematch over here with Wladimir or fight Vitali.
"He is still the most exciting heavyweight in the division. I am proud to call him a friend and I think if he does come back we will get right behind him."
Hatton, who only lost twice in his 47-fight career, thinks Haye has the ability to beat either Klitschko on his day.
Hatton added: "It just didn't happen for him on that night. Some nights you turn up and it just doesn't work. You have to hold your hands up and say, 'Listen, that's why the Klitschkos have been dominating the division for a decade'.
"But David is still the most exciting heavyweight. He is capable of beating Wladimir and Vitali. I just don't think it happened for him on that night."