Boxing: Retired Haye says he's 'over the hill'
Published 14/10/2011 | 05:00
David Haye insists no amount of money could ever tempt him to fight again after he ended months of uncertainty yesterday by calling time on his career.
Haye has been at the centre of conflicting rumours about his future since he lost his WBA heavyweight title to Wladimir Klitschko in July with a comprehensive points defeat.
Earlier this week, Bernd Boente, the promoter for both Klitschko brothers, insisted there was a strong chance that Haye would fight the older of the two Ukrainian stars, Vitali, next summer for one last big pay day. However, when asked whether a pot of £100m would tempt him back in to the ring to take on either of the Klitschkos, Haye said: "No. I'm over the hill. I'm finished.
"I have had 20 years in the game -- that's a long time to go through rigorous training and be punched in the head every day. It's not fun."
Rafael Nadal was ousted in the third round of the Shanghai Masters by Florian Mayer, 7-6 6-3 -- the second consecutive year the Spaniard has failed to reach the quarter-finals at the tournament.
The 15th-seeded German pressured Nadal at the net throughout the match, winning 21 of his 29 approaches.
Nadal saved two set points while serving at 4-5 in the first set, but then gave away several crucial points in the tiebreaker, which Mayer clinched with an ace.
France's Gilles Simon, the No 8 seed, was beaten by Matthew Ebden, a qualifier from Australia ranked 124th, 6-2 2-6 7-6.
Ebden plays Andy Murray next for a spot in the semi-finals.
Shane Watson made South Africa pay for a dropped catch as he set up a five-wicket win for a new-look Australia in the first Twenty20 international at Newlands.
The opener hit a rapid 52 off 39 balls, after being dropped at slip on two and World Cup-winning coach Gary Kirsten made a losing start in charge of his native South Africa.
Watson's fireworks up front as he smashed six fours and two sixes saw the touring Aussies chase down South Africa's 146-7 - despite a late wobble - and strike first in their monthlong tour. The Aussies gave debuts to four players, including highly rated teenage fast bowler Pat Cummins.
JP Duminy had made 67 off 53 balls to rescue South Africa's innings after a shaky start, but Cummins took 3-25 to peg the Proteas back.