David Haye and Tony Bellew
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
David Haye and Tony Bellew’s heavyweight showdown is in serious doubt.
According to a report in The Sun, Haye has picked up an Achilles injury in training ahead of Saturday’s eagerly-anticipated all-British bout.
The 36-year-old flew out to Munich on Tuesday evening, where it is understood he is due to see the acclaimed surgeon Dr Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wolfhardt for treatment.
Haye is due to be in London today to take part in a public workout before Saturday’s fight at the O2 Arena, but he is not expected to show.
It would be a bitter blow for boxing fans to see the box-office fight scrapped and would likely cost both fighters huge sums.
Bellew, the WBC world champion at cruiserweight level, had agreed to step up a division to take on Haye, the former heavyweight world champion.
Bitter insults have been traded from both sides in the build-up to the showdown.
The two fighters attended a press conference in Bellew’s home city of Liverpool on Monday, when Haye sparked controversy with some of his comments.
Haye claimed his 34-year-old opponent was ‘risking his life’ by stepping in the ring with him and also turned on the partisan crowd, branding them ‘f****** retards’.
That followed a nasty exchange between the pair in November, when Haye threw a punch at Bellew in reaction to being shoved by his rival as they promoted their grudge match.