2001: Loses to Cuban Odlanier Solis in the final of the World Amateur Championships in Belfast
2002: Wins first fight as a pro against Tony Booth
2004: Loses for the first time against former WBO champion Carl Thompson
2005: Beats Alexander Gurov for EBU cruiserweight belt
2007: Wins WBC cruiserweight title against Jean-Marc Mormeck
2008: Lifts WBO title against Enzo Maccarinelli and announces he's moving up to heavyweight
2009: Beats WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev on points
2010: Defends title against American John Ruiz in April
2011: Loses to Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg in July
Haye had been strongly linked with a comeback bout against Vitali, who holds the WBC title.
Board secretary Robert Smith told BBC Radio 5 live that his organisation had received an email from Haye stating he did not want to renew his boxing licence.
He said: "According to the email I received, he is no longer wishing to renew his licence."
Asked whether he had thought a Haye-Klitschko rematch had been likely, Smith added: "It doesn't really matter what I think, it's up to David and Adam (Booth, Haye's trainer and manager). Obviously his last fight must have been bitterly disappointing for him, but if you look at his career as a whole he has been very good to the sport and we wish him well.
"There are many instances when heavyweights can go on longer than the smaller weight divisions but he has his whole life ahead of him, he has achieved a great deal and good luck to the man.
"You dedicate your life to your sport and to find something after that endeavour is very difficult for anybody."
Haye's last fight against the Klitschko, held in Hamburg, was a heavyweight unification fight for the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles.
The three judges scored the bout 117-109, 118-108 and 116-110, all in Klitschko's favour.
“There are many instances when heavyweights can go on longer than the smaller weight divisions but he has his whole life ahead of him, he has achieved a great deal and good luck to the man”
Robert SmithBBBC general secretary
Haye first won the WBA belt by beating giant Russian Nikolay Valuev on points in Germany in November 2009.
The former cruiserweight king, who has lost only twice in 27 professional bouts, then defended his title by stopping American John Ruiz at the MEN Arena the following April.
Haye also defended his title against fellow Brit Audley Harrison with a devastating third-round stoppage, also in Manchester.
Boxing promoter Barry Hearn, chairman of Leyton Orient football club, told Sky Sports News:
"David has plans outside of the sport and I wish him all the best. He was a credit to British boxing.
"I believe he is looking at a movie career and he's a good looking lad. He will not go down as one of the all time greats and he was never really big enough to be a heavyweight.
"But he fought some big lads and you cannot doubt his bravery."
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