Tuesday 24 October 2017

David Haye withdraws from Fury contest with injury

Boxer David Haye
Boxer David Haye

Mark Staniforth

David Haye has been forced to withdraw from his September 28 heavyweight showdown with Tyson Fury due to a deep cut sustained in training, his promoter Hayemaker Boxing has announced.

Haye sustained the injury during the final spar of his training camp ahead of the sell-out bout which was due to take place at Manchester's MEN Arena.

A statement from Hayemaker Boxing said: "Hayemaker Boxing regret to inform that David Haye has been forced to postpone his September 28 bout with Tyson Fury due to a deep cut suffered during the final spar of training camp.

"The cut above his left eyebrow occurred in round two of sparring on Friday night (September 19) 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, scheduled for next Saturday night in Manchester. 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, as well as Tyson Fury and his team.

"I know injuries and cuts are part and parcel of our sport, but this doesn't change the feeling of disappointment and sadness I'm experiencing right now. To everyone who has bought tickets, booked hotels, and followed this fight since it was announced, there is absolutely nothing I can do except apologise from the very bottom of my heart.

"Even when everything seems to be right on track, sometimes life throws you a curveball. I will somehow have to try and make the best of this horrible situation. But, right now, I'm in bits about what has happened."

Haye and Fury were both hoping victory would set up a fight with Wladimir Klitschko, who is due to defend his world title against Alexander Povetkin in Moscow on October 5.

The pair may now find themselves pushed down the queue with Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev, who beat Tony Thompson in August, first in line for a crack at the champion.

Haye had been hoping to use the fight with Fury to re-establish his world-class credentials after his disappointing points defeat to Klitschko in July 2011.

Meanwhile, victory for Fury would have lifted him further into contention on the back of a career-best seventh round stoppage of American veteran Steve Cunningham in April.

It is unclear whether Fury's camp will consider rescheduling the bout with Haye, with his promoters Hennessy Sports refusing to issue any immediate comment.

Haye's clash with Fury had promised to be one of the most eagerly-awaited domestic contests in years, with tickets selling out within hours of going on sale last month.

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