David Haye was once one of the best boxers in the world, earning multiple titles throughout his career. His success continued until 2017 when he went up against long-time opponent Tony Bellew. The fight came to an end in the 11th round, with the match ultimately coming to an end after Bellew sustained an injury to his Achilles tendon after Bellew’s coach decided to throw the towel in.
Although the match allowed Haye to retain his title, he decided to take a break from the spotlight for a while. It didn’t take long before Bellew called out Haye for a rematch in attempt to once again claim the title, and Haye accepted the invitation and began training. The rematch was cancelled after it was revealed that during training Haye suffered an injury to his biceps that forced him to call off his upcoming fight with Bellew.
Some, such as Bellew, have viewed the injury and subsequent calling off of the match as weakness, and Bellew believes that Haye has come to the end of the career. Fans seem to agree with the younger fighter, as Haye was booed and jeered during a press conference between the two competitors. Despite the negativity surrounding him, Haye has confirmed his intention to match Bellew once again in the ring and it’s yet to be seen which of the two will emerge victorious.
Haye On His Misfortune
The 37-year-old has told reporters that his injury is now fully healed, and that he’s ready to get back into the ring. He believes that the injury was caused mainly by his fighting style, and that being a dangerous boxer can lead to a number of problems.
Haye has since stated, “Over the years I’ve been plagued with a lot of injuries. I think it comes from being so explosive. You’ve got to take the good with the bad. It’s all very well me hitting people and knocking them out with one punch, but at what cost?”
He added further, “To generate the power to knock them out with that one punch, you have to explode and that takes a lot of muscle fibres and in turn, there’s a lot of chances of tearing that muscle. Some of the best sprinters in the world pull their hamstrings because they push the body to the absolute limit and that’s what I’ve always done. That’s why I’ve been so successful and it’s also why I’ve been so injury prone.”
“There are other fighters who never get injured but they are the fighters who rarely knock people out. If I was to be 50 per cent less powerful and explosive and hard-hitting, I’d probably be injury-free,” he said.
With the upcoming match in sight, Haye has built a new team around him, and has admitted that if he were to be knocked out or lose the match, he will retire from the sport for good.
It’s a gamble, similar to online pokies, and it’s now become world news as we wait to see how the two fighters fair in the ring during their rematch this weekend.