Published: Mon, March 06, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

David Haye undergoes Achilles tendon surgery after Tony Bellew fight

David Haye undergoes Achilles tendon surgery after Tony Bellew fight

Bellew claimed Saturday's 11th-round win over British rival David Haye, who was badly hampered by an Achilles injury sustained in the sixth round, made him the "most valuable heavyweight in the world outside of the champions".

The match almost featured as many plot twists as Bellew's role in Creed, as rumors circulated that Haye suffered what was believed to be an ankle or an Achilles injury earlier in the fight.

The build-up has been overshadowed by a stream of insults — some extremely distasteful — traded by both of the brash fighters, while Haye threw a punch at Bellew in a news conference in November.

The 36-year-old, despite losing mobility and being in agony, somehow fought on until Bellew ended the bout in the 11th round. Heart and a boxing brain win fights and believe it or not I am clever in the ring.

He said in the early hours of Sunday: "It's just going to keep following me around".

He said: " I'm just happy David's home and healthy and safe.

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From the first round it was a flurry of punches, with Bellew getting the better if it, landing left hooks to remind Haye he was facing a different opponent.

"In my eyes I've beaten the best cruiserweight this country has ever produced and one of the best heavyweights", Bellew told Radio 5 live.

Tony Bellew has put himself in contention for a shot at world heavyweight champions Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.

Bellew has said he's ready to retire after securing his children's future with a career high payday against Haye. "I've been away from my kids 14 weeks on and off".

However, boxing writer Tom Craze believes Haye would topple Bellew even with an injury problem. "I could walk away tomorrow happily, but I know Eddie Hearn's going to make me some wonderful offer I can't walk away from".

"In rounds four and five he was exhausted but he was blocking, when we got to nine, I felt myself on top of him and I could feel him panicking". That was never my intention. "He's said all the things that he needed to do to get my back up", said Haye. "I don't feel the pain, all I think about is winning". The biggest danger in this game to me is me. However, the animosity between the two that captured the imagination of fight fans seems to have turned into a newfound respect. He later posted a tribute message to Haye and wished him a speedy recovery.

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