Hellraiser Boxing News | Haye Future In Doubt After Latest Injury
The hotly anticipated rematch between David Haye and Tony Bellew is off, and questions must be asked about Haye's ability to compete at the level he'd like any longer.
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Despite rumours last week of an injury to David Haye being quashed by Eddie Hearn, Matchroom and then Haye himself, the Bermondsey fighter has now pulled out of the December 17th date. Citing an arm injury, a torn bicep done while exercising on the stairs, Haye regretfully announced that he will not be fit to fight. David was hopeful a rescheduled fight would allow him to get back to fitness, but surely questions must be asked about his ability to compete at the level he'd like any more. He said,
“Unfortunately, after a freak accident during a stair conditioning session, which I’ve done with no incident hundreds of times, I lost my footing, slipped, so instinctively grabbed the bannister to stop myself toppling down the stairwell, in doing so I somehow managed to damage my bicep in the process.
"This afternoon I underwent a procedure to repair it, this was pretty straightforward and my doctor and physiotherapist have no doubt that not only will I make a full recovery but will be able to be back in the gym to start my arm rehabilitation in two weeks.
“I would like to apologise to Tony, his family and his training team, as well as all our fans who have been left disappointed. I’ve been solely focussed on this fight and it’s extremely frustrating that I couldn’t finish 2017 with just my ring performance doing the talking. I look forward to getting back to training and into the ring in early 2018 with excitement and determination.”
As we reported last week, David Haye, while an exciting and powerful fighter at his best, has an unfortunate association with injuries; even before turning over his Commonwealth Games was ended after one fight with an arm injury (Haye won the fight by knockout). Haye also suffered the famous broken toe before the Klitschko loss, and a torn shoulder ruined his Tyson Fury fight, the achiles. torn in the first Bellew fight and now this bicep injury.
It is a shame for fans and the fighters alike that this fight is off, but the bigger picture must surely be whether Haye will be able to continue as a fighter now. He's got got plenty of charisma and would surely not struggle to get punditry work, as much as it may be a distant second best in his eyes.
Posted: 21st Nov 2017
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