Retired former world champion turned boxing pundit Carl Froch speaks a few words from the heart to David Haye ahead of his rematch this weekend with Tony Bellew.
Fast forward a year on and David Haye will be hoping that his Achilles tendon injury suffered in the first fight with Tony Bellew will not rear its head again on Saturday.
The same can be said for the freak bicep injury he suffered just before last Christmas which caused the original date for this rematch to pushed back all the way to this weekend.
But alas, we’re here now.
However Carl Froch thinks that no matter how hard or smartly Haye has trained for the rematch – that his body will not be willing this weekend.
Speaking to The Sun, Froch said:
“The problem Haye has got is that his body is falling apart. I retired at 36 — I wasn’t breaking down like him but I could feel it. You just can’t get into the physical shape you need to be in, in your late 30s. In your mindset you still want it and you’ve still got it. Haye still believes but unfortunately the mind can be willing and the body isn’t physically capable, and I think that’s the position Haye is in.”
Indeed, Haye’s boxing career has been blighted by injury trouble to be fair.
Everything from his shoulder, Achilles, bicep, hands – to even his baby toe.
If ever there was a glass man in boxing terms, surely it’s Haye.
Lets hope both fighters stay healthy before, during and after this weekend’s fight and that fans can get a definitive conclusion to the bout one way or another.