Tony Bellew Questions Legitimacy Of Past David Haye Shoulder Injury

WBC cruiserweight champ is unsure about Haye’s previous injury that kept him out of the sport for almost three and a half years in total.

Prior to a three and a half year hiatus from pro boxing, David Haye was scheduled to take on Tyson Fury a few years back for a second time.

He had to pull out due to a shoulder injury which required extensive surgery, reconstruction and rehab.

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Fast forward to 2017 however and Haye is feeling as fit and healthy as ever by all accounts.

Training under the watchful eye of head coach Shane McGuigan (also trainer to two-weight world champion Carl Frampton).

Indeed, McGuigan is a man known for his knowledge on strength and conditioning.

However, going back a few years to his shoulder injury, his upcoming heavyweight bout opponent Tony Bellew from Liverpool has doubts over this injury.

Speaking on TV to Sky Sports, Bellew said of the injury:

“I’m not too sure about that. What I will say is that he said that his shoulder needed two years to heal, but he comes back to the game heavier and with more muscle definition and more muscle mass.”

He added:

“So I don’t exactly understand how he’s had to rest that shoulder when he’s gained muscle over it. It seems to be a miraculous injury or did he just need two years out of the game to gain that muscle mass that he’s gained, and how did he gain it? You’d have to ask him.”

These comments from Bellew come in the same week where he also referred to Haye as water-infested and slow, seemingly making an ongoing questioning case at the moment as to how Haye has put on extensive muscle mass in recent times.

The pair will fight on March 4th at London’s O2 Arena.