David Haye, Tony Bellew Tensions flare ahead of British boxing showdown

David Haye, Tony Bellew Tensions flare ahead of British boxing showdown

David Haye has been discharged from hospital after receiving treatment for an Achilles injury he developed during his defeat to Tony Bellew last night.

Representatives of David Haye confirm that the boxer underwent surgery to his Achilles after Saturday night's heavyweight fight with Tony Bellew.

Haye had already been criticised for the aggressive tone of his threats to Bellew in the acrimonious lead-up to their highly anticipated bout at London's 02 Arena, but the 36-year-old was in typically combative mood at Thursday's press conference.

Haye had looked in good shape prior to sustaining the injury but was forced to continue effectively on one leg and was subjected to a barrage of punches from Bellew in the later rounds.

For all the vile taunts in the build-up, the respect was there at the end as Bellew helped an injured Haye back to his corner.

"I could happily walk away from boxing tomorrow", he said hours later, adding he was more concerned about surviving his sport in one piece than dominating it.

Few were expecting the WBC cruiserweight champion to beat Haye in his first fight at heavyweight, so the outcome could force each to reconsider their plans. Going into this fight I 100 per cent know that he does not want it as much as me and he is not going to be as courageous as me. I think we showed that tonight.

Reflecting on his victory, Bellew was equally humble. "He is everything you would want in a man, he has a big heart, never gives up, has a wonderful family and I am so happy for him". "I didn't want to hurt David".




"It's not like they were asking me to play the role of a doctor or surgeon, but to play the role of myself", he said.

"What makes him tick doesn't make me tick", Bellew said.

Haye was originally slated to challenge for Parker's title due to his WBO ranking, but opted instead for what would have been a more lucrative fight against Bellew, whom he would have seen as an easier opponent.

Bellew praised Haye's fighting spirit following the bout, and claimed that he was anxious about his opponent's safety.

The former WBA heavyweight king settled into the contest but suffered an ankle injury during a rough-and-tumble sixth round, when a frenzied Bellew forced him to take a count.

"He will find out what it's like to get hit by a heavyweight", said Haye.

"He's got under my skin, he's chased me for a year and a half, really made things personal".

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