Feature | Mar 06 2017

What it’s like to rupture your Achilles tendon – ‘I couldn’t even stand’

David Haye showed extraordinary bravery to fight on through his injury
David Haye
David-Haye  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

DAVID HAYE is facing a lengthy recovery after completely rupturing his Achilles tendon during his loss to Tony Bellew at the weekend – but should be given enormous credit for fighting through the pain.

The injury came in the sixth round, and Haye fought on until the 11th when Bellew dropped him and his trainer, Shane McGuigan, threw in the towel.

British super-middleweight Leon McKenzie suffered the same injury in 2009 while he was a professional footballer and revealed that Haye displayed super-human courage to slug it out with Bellew after that sixth stanza.