During a fight with Tony Bellew on the 4 March 2017 at the O2 Arena in London, he ruptured his Achilles tendon in the 6th round and continued to fight on. His corner 'through in the towel' in the 11th round giving the win to Bellow. At the time Haye was 36 yrs old and had a long history of Achilles tendon problems. Apparently, he sought help in Germany 3 days prior to the bout where his tendon was treated with "injections". The rupture was repaired surgically the next day.
— Jake Henry (@jwhjake) March 4, 2017
It was reported on 12 July 2017 that he will be returning to the ring for a fight in December at the age of 36 with a new trainer. He has been working on strengthening his "ankle" following the surgical repair of the Achilles tendon (source).
- David Haye did show extraordinary courage and bravery to fight on after the injury
- Social media commentary was poking fun at his footwear supplier, Vivobarefoot, a minimalist zero drop shoe with no support. The claims are that the zero drop could have been a factor in the Achilles tendon rupturing.
- Vivobarefoot did post a picture on Twitter before the match supporting their fighter, saying their footwear "will do you wonders"; the tweet was quickly deleted after the rupture of the tendon occurred.