Published: Tue, November 21, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Haye devastated after postponing Bellew rematch following injury

Haye devastated after postponing Bellew rematch following injury

David Haye has been forced to withdraw from his rematch with bitter rival Tony Bellew through injury.

As of this time no definitive date has been scheduled for the Bellew vs Haye rematch in 2018.

Haye and Bellew were due to square off again in an all-British showdown on December 17 at the O2 Arena in London.

'Despite the recent injury rumours, I was in flawless condition with an incredibly strong training camp, now weighing lighter than I have for more than five years, I couldn't wait to get back in the ring.

The pair clashed at the O2 Arena in March when Bellew secured an 11th round stoppage against Haye, who had suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in the sixth round.

David Haye went out on his shield against Tony Bellew in Febuary.

Haye has undergone a procedure to fix the damage and was told by doctors he will make a full recovery. He insisted he only required a postponement of six-to-eight weeks, but Klitschko was determined to fight on June 20 regardless, and did so, stopping Ruslan Chagaev in nine.

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And now Haye, 37, has had to pull out of another domestic grudge match with his showdown against Bellew less than a month away.

I am a friend and a fan of both Fury and Bellew, and to be honest I think it would be sad to see Fury get in the ring on December 17 because he won't look great. "I've had a tough camp with a lot going on in my life but was ready to repeat my win from March".

And people may think I'm insane, but I think Bellew will stop the Gypsy King within 12 rounds, no way at all can Fury get in shape to do a 12 round fight within just over three weeks.

"I'll get over this disappointment over Christmas with my family and will be straight back into camp for a new date".

The 34-year-old claims he chose to take on Haye for a second time to "put aside any doubt over the first fight". No one wanted to fight me.

"I would like to apologize to Tony, his family and his training team, as well as all our fans who have been left disappointed", Haye said. In doing so I somehow managed to damage my bicep in the process.

"I couldn't wait to get back in the ring".

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