The 37-year-old was floored three times during a punishing beatdown by his Scouse rival, before finally being stopped in the fifth after a concussive left hook all but ended his career.
Speaking in the run-up to their heavyweight rematch, Haye had promised to hang up the gloves if he found himself unable to deliver a comprehensive victory over Bellew.
But the former WBA heavyweight champion refused to rush into the decision during his post-fight interview in the ring, claiming he would need some time to reflect before considering his future.
In a post shared on his Twitter last night, the Bermondsey fighter told his followers: “Thank you for your kind words of love and support over the last couple of weeks.
“I look forward to updating you on my plans for the future shortly, sometimes it takes a little while to find the right words.”
The tweet has since gone viral, leading to mounting speculation Haye will honour his promise to walk away from the sport following a second successive defeat to Bellew.
“Good move on Haye’s part,” read one comment.
“He has had a terrific boxing career.”
Another said: “Glad to hear this News. His body can’t handle his style of fighting anymore, did not want him fighting on just for the sake of it.
“He will always be remembered for the Mormeck fight and the giant Valuev.”
“Rightly so. And let’s hope he stays retired. I think he will as his body is broken,” added a third.
If Haye confirms suspicion and makes his retirement official, he is likely to remain heavily involved with the sport through his promotional company, Hayemaker.
Heavyweight Joe Joyce, who recently secured the Commonwealth title in just his fourth fight, is the stable’s leading charge.
Joyce, nicknamed The Juggernaut, fights on June 15 at York Hall.
Source : EXPRESS