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Boxing: David Haye postpones Tyson Fury fight

2013-09-21 15:23:03

David Haye

David Haye has postponed next week's fight with Tyson Fury after suffering a deep cut in sparring at his training camp.

The cut above his left eyebrow needed six stitches, which have to stay in place for five to seven days.

"Gutted isn't even the word. Mentally, I'm on the floor at the moment," said the former WBA heavyweight champion.

Haye is awaiting further medical tests before setting a new date for the Manchester bout.

The 32-year-old also pulled out of what should have been his previous fight, against Manuel Charr on 29 June, because of a hand injury sustained in training.

Haye's last fight was his knockout win in an all-British bout with Dereck Chisora in July 2012, a meeting sparked by the brawl between the pair at a news conference in Munich in February 2012.

Hayemaker Promotions said that "after being properly assessed", Haye was left with no choice but to postpone the Fury fight.

"I'm devastated. 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," Haye added.

David Haye
David Haye says he is 'gutted'

"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."

Three days ago Haye had taunted 24-year-old Fury ahead of the bout by insisting his sparring partners would beat his fellow Briton.

Fury would have put his unbeaten record on the line at Manchester Arena with Haye being the bookmakers' favourite, having lost only two of his 28 paid fights, most recently against Wladimir Klitschko in a world heavyweight unification bout in 2011.

Fury, who beat American Steve Cunningham in April to move to 21 fights unbeaten, turned down a bout against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev that could have earned him an IBF world title shot against Klitschko in order to fight Haye.


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