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withdrawn from the fight or kept quiet about the injury he said he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.”