- David Haye supposedly nursing injury to achilles and shoulder ahead of fight
- He has reputation for cancelling from Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury bouts
- Haye insisted he is in great shape after open workout session at O2 Arena
- He said Bellew is: ‘Clinging on to me being a broken man, for his confidence’
David Haye has insisted he will be fit for Saturday’s grudge fight with Tony Bellew amid reports that an achilles injury could force him to withdraw.
Alarm bells began to ring when Haye jetted off to Munich to consult renowned sports doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt.
But the 36-year-old said: ‘I went to see my doctor as I do before each fight to get the once over. Do I look injured to you? My achilles are fine. The Tony Bellew camp need confidence. He’s clinging on to me being a broken man, for his confidence.’
David Haye would damage is reputation if he was to withdraw from the Tony Bellew fight
Haye developed a reputation as a serial fight-canceller when he left Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury at the altar. Dr Muller-Wohlfahrt treated the shoulder injury which caused Haye’s previous withdrawals.
If Haye had pulled out, promoter Eddie Hearn is quite right to say the Hayemaker would have thrown his last punch for real money.
Hearn said: ‘If he was pulling out of this fight I would know. And he would know that if he does, he will never be seen again in a British ring.’
Dr Muller-Wohlfahrt treated the chronic shoulder injury which caused Haye’s previous withdrawals. This time it is his achilles tendon.
Haye appeared to be in fine physical shape during an open workout at the O2 Arena
Bellew, the world cruiserweight champion for whom the bout in London’s sold-out O2 Arena represents his biggest pay-day, would be devastated.
He said: ‘Haye will be a coward if he does this.’
Hearn added: ‘I’d heard about the achilles some time ago but he was playing football on TV last Saturday. You wouldn’t be playing football with a dodgy achilles, would you?’
A good question. One which raises the notion that arch-publicist Haye is cranking up the Sky pay-TV box office with even more hype.
After an open workout at the O2 arena that seemed to be the case with Haye insisting: ‘Team Bellew have pegged their hopes on me having one arm and one leg. But I found a time machine and I’ve gone back 10 years, I feel better than ever.’
The heavyweight insisted he has never felt better ahead of a fight in his career