Haye not to renew licence

Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye has told the British Boxing Board of Control that he does not wish to renew his licence to fight.

The BBBC general secretary Robert Smith told BBC Radio Five Live on Tuesday morning that his organisation had received an email from Haye, who lost a unification bout to Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg in July.

Haye had long stated his intention to retire by his 31st birthday, which falls on Thursday, but there had been talk of a rematch with Klitschko or possibly a fight with his brother Vitali. However, Smith said: "According to the email I received he is no longer wishing to renew his licence."

Asked whether he had always thought a Haye-Klitschko rematch was unlikely, Smith added: "It doesn't really matter what I think, it's up to David and Adam (Booth, Haye's trainer and manager). Obviously his last fight must have been bitterly disappointing for him, but if you look at his career as a whole he has been very good to the sport and we wish him well.

"There are many instances when heavyweights can go on longer than the smaller weight divisions but he has his whole life ahead of him, he has achieved a great deal and good luck to the man.

"You dedicate your life to your sport and to find something after that endeavour is very difficult for anybody."