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David Haye rules out Klitschko fight.

Summary: Former heavyweight champion David Haye has announced his retirement, whilst appearing to rule out a fight with Vitali Klitscho.

Former heavyweight champion of the world David Haye has announced his retirement, whilst appearing to rule out suggestions of a fight against WBC champion Vitali Klitschko next year.

Haye, who lost his WBA title to Wladimir Klitschko in July, has always said he would not fight beyond his 31st birthday, which is on Thursday.

"Today's date is October 13, 2011 and I've just turned 31 years of age," he said in a statement.

"As the clock struck 12 last night my professional boxing career came to an end."

He added: "Vitali Klitschko did show an interest in sharing a ring with me in 2012."

"But since that initial declaration we have heard the wrong noises from Team Klitschko, which has left me thinking there is little chance of the fight ever coming to fruition."

The announcement has been received with relative scepticism as many fighters often come back to fight again, with pundits suggesting that Haye is only trying to lure Vitali into the ring.

The Londoner has never hidden his dislike of the Ukranian brothers and their boxing style, drawing controversy in April 2009 when he wore a t-shirt depicting him holding up their severed heads.

But Adam Booth, Haye's trainer and manager, backed-up his fighter's position.

"He was always going to retire," he said.

"There was no offer (from Team Klitschko). I had one conversation with Bernd (Vitali's manager), and told David everything that was said. In boxing terms, he said 'forget it'."

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