David Haye’s broken toe excuse criticized
British fighter David Haye found little sympathy Sunday after
blaming a broken toe for his points loss to Wladimir Klitschko in a
heavyweight unification fight.
Even in Britain, boxing experts said Haye should have either
withdrawn from the fight or kept quiet about the injury he said he
had sustained in training three weeks before Saturday’s fight.
”He shouldn’t be in the fight if he had a broken toe,” British
boxing promoter Frank Warren told BBC Radio. ”Why be a crybaby
after the event? It’s ridiculous.”
The 30-year-old Briton didn’t mention the toe in the lead-up to
the showdown in Hamburg, saying he was in the best shape of his
life. But after the bell rang, and all three judges scored in favor
of Klitschko, he pulled off his shoe to show his injury and even
posted a picture of his foot on Twitter.
”I hate when boxers make excuses after fights,” Haye told
reporters. ”But I broke my toe three weeks ago, and there was no
way I was going to pull out of this fight.”
Haye said postponing the fight was not an option because he had
pulled out of a fight with Klitschko last year, citing a back
”I genuinely believed that I could still win the fight,” Haye
said. ”And the idea was, fight night, numb it and you know the
crowd, the adrenaline, the occasion, I’d be able to ignore it. But
as it turned out, I was unable to explode off that back foot and
throw that right hand. But credit to him. He boxed
Klitschko won by unanimous decision, adding Haye’s WBA title to
his IBF, WBO and IBO belts. At the post-match news conference early
Sunday, the Ukrainian offered some advice to Haye: ”Never say
anything right now in the way of ‘I had a broken toe; that’s why I
couldn’t compete.’ It’s called a sore loser.”
Klitschko then asked Haye for a medical report.
”You can look at my toe if you want,” Haye said.
”Yeah, pull it out,” Klitschko replied.
Haye got up on the table and flaunted his swollen right foot.
Klitschko joked it looked like a bee sting.
Former heavyweight champion Frank Bruno said Haye shouldn’t have
fought if he had a broken toe.
”You can’t punch straight, you can’t balance yourself, you
can’t even move. A broken toe’s a serious thing,” the British
fighter told BBC.
Haye taunted Klitschko repeatedly before the fight, calling him
a fraud and a robot, and he famously wore a T-shirt showing
Klitschko’s and older brother Vitaly’s severed heads. Klitschko
regretted he didn’t get to knock out the Englishman but said his
win was good for the sport.
”It’s definitely a victory for boxing because this man has to
go,” Klitschko said. ”It’s not cool what he did with T-shirts. I
think it gives a certain shadow on the sport. And it’s just
disgraceful to the sport and disrespectful to his opponent.”