Wednesday, March 22, 2023  |



David Haye splits from trainer Shane McGuigan

Photo: Mark Robinson/ Matchroom Boxing

Former WBA heavyweight titleholder David Haye has announced that he will no longer be working with acclaimed coach Shane McGuigan.

Haye, who is also a former cruiserweight champion, is still in recovery after sustaining a ruptured Achilles tendon during his 11th-round stoppage defeat to countryman Tony Bellew in March.

McGuigan first teamed up with Haye in late-2015 and helped bring the Englishman back from 3-and-a-half-years of inactivity. “The Hayemaker” posted two knockout victories, over undistinguished opposition, before being derailed by Bellew.

“Shane and I have come to the mutual decision that when I am ready to go back into full training camp, we will no longer be working together as boxer and coach,” said Haye in an official statement.

“We remain good friends and will always metaphorically be in each other’s corner, but both parties agreed moving forward we weren’t right for each other.

“I remain deeply indebted to Shane for playing a pivotal role in my comeback to date. I will be forever grateful for his hard work and tutelage. I would not be in the position I am now without this.

“I wish Shane, his stable of fighters and everyone at Cyclone Promotions the best of luck in the future – they are set to have an explosive few months.”

Haye has proven to be injury-prone over the last several years but has no intention of hanging up his gloves. The 36-year-old boxer-puncher has vowed to return as soon as his physiotherapy is complete.

“I’m pleased to confirm rehabilitation is going well and I will make a complete recovery,” Haye said.

“Whilst I am not quite in a position to be announcing my next opponent, my passion for the sport remains unwavered and desire to regain my heavyweight title is stronger than ever.”




Tom Gray is a UK Correspondent/ Editor for and a member of THE RING ratings panel.  Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing




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