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David Haye is counted down by referee Phil Edwards after being knocked down by Tony Bellew.
David Haye is counted down by referee Phil Edwards after being knocked down by Tony Bellew.
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Haye goes under the knife on Achilles he ruptured in Bellew bout

The 36-year-old suffered the injury in the sixth round on Saturday night.
Mar 6th 2017, 2:18 PM 5,811 3

DAVID HAYE HAS undergone surgery on the Achilles tendon he ruptured during Saturday’s heavyweight defeat by fellow Briton Tony Bellew, his representatives have announced.

Haye, 36, sustained the injury after slipping in the sixth round and fell to a surprise defeat in the 11th round when his corner threw the towel in after Bellew knocked him through the ropes.

“David underwent surgery to his right Achilles, after completely rupturing the tendon during Saturday night’s fight with Tony Bellew,” read a statement from Haye’s representatives.

“David would like to thank everyone for their many messages of support, as well as the staff at the hospital.”

WBC cruiserweight champion Bellew, 34, has revealed he broke his hand early in the fight.

Bellew, who appeared in the 2015 ‘Rocky’ franchise film ‘Creed’, has revealed he is considering retirement, but says a big-money fight will be difficult to turn down.

“I don’t know how many times more I can put my body and family through this,” Bellew told BBC Radio 5 Live.

Asked whether he might retire, he replied: “It’s an option. It’s something I’m thinking about.”

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Bellew’s promoter Eddie Hearn said on Sunday that American WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and WBO champion Joseph Parker of New Zealand were potential future opponents for the Liverpudlian.

“I have a lot of options,” Bellew said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen, but it will have to be something special.”

© – AFP, 2017

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