By Tom Gray
Former WBA heavyweight titleholder David Haye has been fined £25,000 (approximately $32,000) by the British Boxing Board of Control for his behavior during press conferences which preceded his March bout against countryman Tony Bellew.
Haye, who is also a former RING, WBA, WBO and WBC cruiserweight champion, sustained a ruptured Achilles tendon midway through his bout with Bellew. He was floored twice, eventually stopped in the eleventh and underwent surgery the following day.
During the buildup to the Bellew bout Haye explained, in graphic detail, the injuries he would like to inflict on his opponent. There was also a heated press conference in Liverpool, where Haye directly insulted Bellew’s fan base.
The following is an official statement release by the BBBoC:
“The Stewards of the British Boxing Board of Control considered the behaviour and comments made by Boxer David Haye for his contest with Tony Bellew on the 4th March 2017 at the O2 Arena, London at their Board meeting on Wednesday, 14th June 2017.
“Mr. Haye admitted that his behaviour amounted to misconduct and brought Boxing into disrepute.
“The Stewards fined Mr. Haye the sum of £25,000.00p.”
Haye has almost completed physiotherapy and plans to return to the ring.
Tom Gray is a UK Correspondent/ Editor for RingTV.com and a member of THE RING ratings panel. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing
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