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Is David Haye Injured?

By Adam Thorn

Over the weekend rumours swirled online that the much anticipated heavyweight rematch between David Haye and Tony Bellew was at risk from an injury to “The Haymaker”. The bout, set for December 17th at London's O2, is top of a growing card which now features Haye's protégé Joe Joyce against Tom Little and Rocky Fielding facing Erik Skoglund for the vacant WBC Silver Super super middleweight title.

World Boxing News have done some digging and were reporting that the cause of the problems are, unfortunately and perhaps predictably, the achilles tendon that David tore in their first fight in March. Haye fought bravely on with the tendon strapped up, but after the injury the fight was only headed one way.

If these reports are true it would be a shame for all involved, fans eager  to see the fight, Tony Bellew and not least Haye, who would surely have to consider his career. Haye 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 and now this achilles.

Unsurprisingly, due to this record, people are quick to believe tittle tattle about a David Haye injury, and Haye being no idiot, he may well be trying to use that to his advantage. This is a huge payday for both men, so it would have to be a very serious injury to cause it to be called off, not to mention it is a fight Haye is desperate to win, and he may be playing mind games.

Eddie Hearn, and a Matchroom spokesperson have both thrown doubt on the injury claims, Hearn questioned the source of the rumour, and Matchroom have officially stated that as far as they are aware the fight is going ahead as planned. At this point, all signs point to this being a rumour or some mind games from the Haye camp, but time will tell.

Posted: 14th Nov 2017

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