Haye: My shoulder is so bad I can’t even run
By Scott Gilfoid: For those fans who were hoping that former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye was going to be able to make a quick recovery from his major should surgery to repair the torn tendons in his right shoulder, you can pretty much forget about it. The way the 33-year-old Haye’s describing his shoulder, he may or may not be able to come back from the injury. It’s three months since Haye’s surgery, and he still can’t even throw a punch, and worse that that, he can’t even run.
It’s starting to sound like this could take an entire year for Haye to come back from this injury, if he’s able to come back from it at all. I’m starting to picture Haye coming back in the same way that Jeff Lacy did after he had shoulder surgery on his left shoulder, and he was never able to regain the full power in the shoulder.
“I can’t say 100 percent yes or 100 percent no, I’m just taking every day at a time,” Haye said to Sky Sports. “I won’t know anything for a good few months yet. My shoulder’s bad enough that I can’t even run yet.”
Oh boy, that sounds bad, doesn’t it? This doesn’t sound good. I mean, even under the best scenario, Haye will have been out of the ring for at least 2 years by the time that he does return to action. He last fought in July of 2012 when he smashed Dereck Chisora in 5 rounds. It’s one thing for a huge heavyweight with good power like George Foreman to take a long time off from boxing and make a comeback, but it’s a whole different story for a little guy like David Haye to take that kind of time off and come back with a right arm that may not be as strong as it once was. If all that Haye has in his arsenal is a left hook when he comes back, then he’ll be a smaller version of Donovan “Razor” Ruddock, but without the big power that Ruddock had with his left hook smash.
If Haye doesn’t regain his power in his shoulder then he might need to think seriously about retiring rather than taking the risk of him getting hurt trying to get another crack at a world title. If Haye does come back, he might want to take the back door into a world title by facing weak opposition exclusively and hope that he gets picked out for a fight by one of the champions based on his name rather than what he’s done in the ring recently.
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