Tyson Fury’s promoter has questioned David Haye’s decision to risk sparring so close to their heavyweight showdown after Haye’s withdrawal on Saturday from Sept 28’s sell-out show in Manchester, due to a deep cut above his eye.
Haye sustained the cut and was taken to hospital for treatment after sparring on Friday night, leaving fans of the bout, which was due to take place at the Manchester Arena, and the opposing team, deeply angered.
Mick Hennessy, Fury’s promoter, was “looking at all the variables – dates, venues, Sky Box Office” as the multi-million pound fight between the two heavyweights, with world title implications, was called off.
“Tyson and his uncle Peter [the fighter’s trainer] are very upset, annoyed and frustrated,” Hennessy, Fury’s promoter, told told Telegraph Sport. “Tyson would not have been sparring a week from the event, so close to the fight. We wouldn’t have taken the risk. If he was sparring without a headguard, that is beyond belief at this stage. That wouldn’t have happened with Tyson.
“Tyson would not cancel a fight under any circumstances. We’d have to drag him out it. We are looking at all the variables, the dust needs to settle, we are trying to cover every option. I believe this fight should happen. We genuinely believed Tyson was going to do a major job on Haye, and then go on and fight for the world title.
“This is a crazy situation, getting an injury this close to the fight. Tyson was in the best possible shape physically and mentally for this, nothing could have been better. That’s why I would like to see this fight happen.”
Adam Booth, Haye’s manager and trainer, told Telegraph Sport: “We are working hard on a rescheduled date with the venue and Sky.”
A statement from Hayemaker Promotions on Saturday morning broke the news: “The cut above his left eyebrow occurred in round two of sparring on Friday night and required six stitches by a plastic surgeon at St Thomas’ Hospital. Because of the gravity of the cut, these stitches will now remain in place for five to seven days.”
“Unfortunately, after being properly assessed, Haye was left with no choice but to postpone his fight with Fury. He is currently waiting on further medical assessment to determine the extent of the postponement.”
Haye said: “Gutted isn’t even the word. Mentally, I’m on the floor at the moment. I’m devastated most of all for my loyal fans, my family and my team.”
Sky Sports declined to comment on the situation on Saturday.
It is unclear what will happen to the undercard world title contests involving Scott Quigg, due to fight for the vacant World Boxing Association super bantamweight crown against Yoandris Solis, and Andy Lee, scheduled for a World Boxing Council silver middleweight title fight against Domenico Spada.