No amount of money will tempt Haye

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 glittering career.

Haye has been at the centre of conflicting rumours about his future since he lost his WBA heavyweight title to arch enemy 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.

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The prospect of a lucrative bout against the WBC champion was ruled out, however, with Haye sticking to the vow he made 20 years ago that he would hang up his gloves by the time he was 31.

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 done. I’m over the hill. I’m finished. It was always in my mind to retire on this day.

“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.

“I have already moved on.”

Vitali said earlier this summer that the feud between his brother and Haye meant he would relish the challenge of knocking the Londoner out and Boente’s comments seemed to further the chances of a fight taking place, but Haye says it was never a prospect.

“It didn’t come close to happening at all. We never had any serious offers,” he said.