George Groves wants David Haye to retire after Tony Bellew defeat
Last Updated: 08/05/18 11:13am
George Groves is the latest former member of Team Hayemaker to call for David Haye to retire.
The WBA 'super' super-middleweight champion has joined Adam Booth in urging Haye to never box again, after the 37-year-old lost his rematch with Tony Bellew at The O2, on Saturday.
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"David was kind and generous to me when I turned pro. I learnt a lot from him in the early part of my career," Groves posted on Instagram.
"I won't forget that. I hope he finds his new calling, I hope he's happy, I hope he never decides to fight again."
When I first joined this rat race it was under The Hayemaker banner. David was 28 years old. Our trainer would tell me of their ‘smash and grab’ mindset for the sport, with each boxing decision weighed up for it’s dollar to brain cell ratio and an exit strategy for him at 30 years of age. I thought that’s a great idea... Henry Ford said “The air is full of good ideas” but some ideas are just full of hot air. David was kind and generous to me when I turned pro. I learnt a lot from him in the early part of my career. I won’t forget that. I hope he finds his new calling, I hope he’s happy, I hope he never decides to fight again.
Groves turned pro under Team Hayemaker and spent the first five years of his career working and training alongside Haye.
'The Saint' went through an acrimonious split from Booth in 2013, but has remained friends with the former cruiserweight and heavyweight world champion, Haye.
Gary Logan, another part of the successful Hayemaker team, left The O2 before the start of fifth and final round, while Haye's friend and former amateur team-mate, Carl Froch, also wants to see him walk away.