David Haye has left the door open to come out of retirement should the Klitschko brothers, Wladimir and Vitali, prove they want him back in the ring badly enough.
While promoting the release this week of his biography, Making Haye, the former heavyweight titleholder, who earlier this month fulfilled his long-term pledge to quit the sport at the age of 31, hinted his boxing career may not be over, after all.
“The book leaves it open a little. You never know, there’s always another chapter,” said the south Londoner, who in the meantime plans to try his luck at acting. “It’s the end of one chapter but there are plenty of chapters to come in the rest of my life.
“Only time will tell whether the Klitschkos need me more than I need them. They won’t believe that. But it depends what they want out of boxing. If they want guaranteed easy victories, then they can do what they’ve always done.
“But if they want a tough challenge, you’d think they would want to beat down my door. But if they’re not interested in fighting, then fair enough, I’ve moved on. It obviously wasn’t meant to be.”