Things seem to be getting worse for David Haye.
Following a shock loss at the hands of WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew last weekend, a fight in which the former heavyweight champion ruptured his Achilles, the British boxer is now set to face the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) next month regarding comments he made prior to his bout with Bellew at the O2 Arena in London.
Haye and Bellew shared some heated exchanges ahead of their highly publicised fight earlier this month, with Haye even punching his Liverpudlian rival during a press conference.
However, it seems as though it’s Haye’s mouth which has landed him in the most trouble with the board.
Prior to their March 4 contest, Haye made threats towards Bellew in several interviews in which he threatened to hospitalise his opponent and end his career.
“He said he’s willing to die in the ring. If that is the case, and he is telling the truth, I’m the last person on the planet you want to fight,” Haye said prior to their bout
“I’m looking at putting a combination together where he is unconscious but his brain hasn’t told his legs to fall down and I’m still hitting him while he’s upright.”
Haye is not a stranger when it comes to being in trouble with the BBBofC and claims he is expecting a fine or suspension when he faces the panel next month.
However, Haye insists that he “does not regret” any of the comments he made prior to the Bellew fight.
“I’ve got to go in and see them, I believe, in mid-April,” said Haye, 36. “They met on Wednesday and they want to have a chat, so I’ll learn what my punishment is
“Whatever (the consequences) are, they are. Probably a fine; maybe a suspension or whatever it may be. I said what I said and I can’t unsay it. I don’t regret any of it, otherwise what’s the point of saying anything?”
Haye also claimed that when he is in “fight mode”, there is no room to be “civilised” with your opponent and that, although he respects Bellew a lot more now that they have fought, he refuses to “edit” his feelings towards the Liverpudlian.
“I didn’t have the respect for (Bellew) prior to the fight that I have now. Certain things I would say to him I’d have no business saying because it would be false and I wouldn’t force it. (But) if he says something that upsets me I won’t edit how I feel.”
Haye successfully underwent surgery on his Achilles after rupturing it in the sixth round of his bout with Bellew, in which the Brit earned the respect of many by bravely continuing the fight on one leg until the 11th round where his corner threw in the towel.
Haye is expecting to rehab the injury for at least the next nine months, which will leave the former heavyweight champion out of action for the foreseeable future.
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