David Haye spent years calling out Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko. It was so much a part of his career and life since 2008 that there was no doubt that it would define his legacy. So when he stepped into the ring with Wladimir Klitschko it was much more than a heavyweight title fight for Haye.
But when it was time to back up his talking with actions, Haye came up miserably short. For all his talking about how he would knock Wlad out, even saying he would send him to the hospital, as well as the infamous shirt of him holding the severed heads of both Klitschko Brothers, Haye rarely looked like he had bad intentions in the ring.
In addition to his long journey to get the brothers into the ring, Haye has long said that he would retire this coming October, once he turns 31 years old. Given the number of boxers who came before who failed to retire at an appropriate time, there were few who took his claims seriously.
Now though, having failed so badly in his mission to conquer a Klitschko, do Haye's "retirement plans" take on a new type of viability?
A post fight attempt to blame his performance on an injured foot (complete with taking off his boot to show the injury) seems to set him up to come back after an injury rehabilitation. And the idea of coming back to take on Vitali holds a certain bit of interest in the "redemption story" aspect. Given that Wladimir didn't knock Haye out, maybe Vitali has some interest in the fight should he get by Tomasz Adamek in September.
Or, maybe Haye simply fades away, remembered forever as a guy who talked his way into a big fight where he failed to deliver.