Will David Haye retire? Bellew rematch could be in jeopardyWritten by Leroy Cleveland
Per the famous boxing website, World Boxing News, boxing star David Haye might have to pull out of his December 17th rematch with rival Tony Bellew as the former may have aggravated his Achilles tendon again.
Also, according to ThaBoxingVoice podcast, a source from Team Haye has told them that he may have to cancel due to injury.
Will David Haye retire? If so, he will be yet another star to hang 'em up in 2017.
In March, Haye presumably entered the Bellew fight in a compromised state and appeared to worsen the injury, a ruptured or torn Achilles tendon, during the bout.
Far more flat-footed than usual, the typically-masterful Haye was slightly ahead on points after five rounds until he could no longer plant his right foot to generate power nor did he have the spring to avoid Bellew's shots.
With limited mobility and leverage, the 'Hayemaker' was little more than a sitting duck as Bellew took advantage of the situation and aggressively pursued the knockout. Badly compromised and subsequently battered, Haye managed to courageously survive until the 11th Round when his team threw in the towel after David was sent through the ropes by a Bellew combination.
Did Haye attempt to comeback too soon from such a debilitating injury? FightSaga posed that question a month ago (David Haye injury: Is he taking the rematch with Tony Bellew too soon?)
Repeat or retirement?
If Haye is, again, compromised next month, the result won't likely be any different. Moreover, fans will feel cheated if Team Haye, again, allows its man to enter the ring knowing full well he's damaged goods.
Should David cancel, it could mark the end of his career; At least as a powerbroker in boxing.
Haye is known for pulling out of fights and, going forward, any big-name opponent might be leery of fighting him should he back out of the December 17 rematch, whether medically necessary or not.
It's likely Haye, given he was so uncharacteristically stationary and ploddy early on, entered March's bout in a fairly compromised state, realizing his reputation would be at stake if he tried to postpone a bout due to injury yet again.
Team Haye might be facing a similar situation now.
Odds will be impacted
Should Haye and Bellew face-off again next month, the odds will certainly shift if they haven't already. As of October 30, David was roughly a 7/18 favorite while Bellew was the underdog at about 40/17. Hence, a $100 wager on Haye would yield $39 while the same bet on Tony would net $236.
It's rare to have a fighter get stopped inside the distance and still be tagged the heavy favorite in the immediate rematch. Obviously, bettors believed Haye's injury was a bigger factor in his losing even though Bellew was holding his own prior to the tear or rupture.
If there's any good news for Team Haye, the Bellew bout is still close to five weeks away.