What a conning bastardThe biggest physical challenge I had to face, however, was a spinal surgery in March 2015. I herniated a disc in my lower back 10 years ago and years of intense training wore this disc away. This caused fragments of disc to push into my spinal nerve passage, resulting in chronic pain and loss of function in both legs, and an operation was required to put a two-centimetre metal cage between two vertebrae and implant two metal rods with screws and bone grafts to fuse it all together.
I went into surgery 191 centimetres tall and came out 193 – not a bad silver lining! – but literally had to learn to walk again. This made my comeback fight against Mark de Mori (in January 2016) all the more meaningful, as it was only 10 months after such intrusive spinal surgery (as well as being my first fight in four-and-a-half years).
Ultimately, this was one battle I had to fight in private, and it’s only because the process was recorded for a documentary that people will one day be able to grasp the severity of the situation.
Yea agree with this. When he was jumping through the ring calling him out I was sat at home thinking "fuck off mate, Haye will comatose you".If somebody told me 6 years ago that Tony Bellew would hold a victory over David Haye I'd have probably just about stopped laughing now so I suppose it's the right choice.
He may well have done at his best Dave,but he wasn't. And Tony Bellew was honest enough to admit it. Just watched the interview and he was articulate,quite honest and came across well with a good amount of humility. Adam Smiths interview on SSN was good also. Never my personal favourite but didn't dislike him either. British boxing can surely be proud of him?Yea agree with this. When he was jumping through the ring calling him out I was sat at home thinking "fuck off mate, Haye will comatose you".