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Hearn dismisses claims Haye will pull out of Bellew bout with injury

By Declan Warrington

Eddie Hearn has insisted David Haye remains fit to fight Tony Bellew on Saturday despite reports suggesting an Achilles injury could lead to his withdrawal.

The heavyweight had been pictured in Munich on Tuesday, leading to reports he was visiting respected surgeon Dr Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt and that Saturday's grudge match was in doubt.

However, Hearn has revealed he learned about a concern with Haye's Achilles weeks ago. He is also adamant that the 36-year-old will be in the ring on Saturday and that he risks "not fighting in Britain again" if he does not.

It was in Munich that Dr Muller-Wohlfahrt operated on Haye's injured right shoulder in 2013, when for the second time he had been forced to withdraw from a fight against Tyson Fury. He also once withdrew from facing Wladimir Klitschko when he claimed he had a back injury.

The combination of the two affected his popularity and led to questions surrounding his desire and Hearn - the co-promoter of the fight at London's O2 Arena -referenced that when he said: "If he didn't fight he couldn't step in a British ring again. If he wasn't fighting I'd know. He will be in the ring on Saturday.

"I'd heard about an Achilles (problem) a few weeks back but he was playing football on Soccer AM at the weekend. If you're that worried about an Achilles injury you're not playing football, are you?"

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