Fort Lauderdale, USA, February 11, 2017 - Boxers are known for their grueling workouts to prepare for bouts. But former heavyweight champion David “The Hayemaker” Haye recently learned that boxing is not the most physically demanding sport.
“I couldn’t believe how difficult [beach volleyball] was,” Haye said. “My legs were burning. My quads, my calves…I am going to stick with boxing. It’s way easier.”
Haye is training in Miami for his fight against Tony Bellew on March 4 in London. Taking advantage of the location, he has been training on the sand, playing beach volleyball earlier this week.
“While I am in Miami, I have been incorporating some sand training to give myself a little bit of an advantage before I get to London on solid ground,” Haye said.
Haye enjoys playing beach volleyball, but he admits that he has a lot to learn.
“I look terrible,” he said. “I haven’t gotten my sand legs yet. I think it will take a few months to get those.”
Haye served as a special guest commentator for The Sport Bible during an elimination match Friday afternoon that was won by April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings.
It was his first time watching professional beach volleyball in person, and he was very impressed by watching Walsh Jennings.
“It was really something to see someone so athletic with so much endurance,” Haye said.