Bellew-Haye II Postponed: Haye Injured
Just under a month till the two would have their rematch, David Haye has been forced to pull out of the rematch with Tony Bellew after injuring his bicep in a freak accident.
Haye and Bellew were set to renew hostilities again at The O2 in London on December 17 following their thrilling first meeting in March won by Bellew, but the two teams will now work towards a new date for the rematch early in 2018, with news on that to come this week.
David Haye released a statement on Monday, laying out what exactly caused his injury and the postponement of the rematch.
“I am devastated to announce my much-anticipated rematch against Tony Bellew has been postponed until March 24th or May 5th 2018, subject to scheduling.”
“Unfortunately, after a freak accident during a stair conditioning session, which I’ve done hundreds of times before, I lost my footing, slipped and instinctively grabbed the banister to stop myself falling down the stairwell and in doing so managed to damage my bicep.”
“This afternoon I underwent a procedure to repair it, this was pretty straightforward and my doctor and physiotherapist have no doubt that not only will I make a full recovery but will be able to be back in the gym to start my arm rehabilitation in two weeks.”
Bellew beat Haye in their first meeting back in March
“I would like to apologize to Tony, and everyone at Team Bellew, as well as all our fans who have been left disappointed. I’ve been solely focused on this fight and it’s extremely frustrating that I couldn’t finish 2017 with just my ring performance doing the talking. I look forward to getting back to training and into the ring in early 2018 with excitement and determination.”
“I’m gutted that the rematch with David has been postponed, both for myself but more for the fans,” said Bellew. “I’ve had a tough camp with a lot going on in my life but was ready to repeat my win from March.
“I’ll get over this disappointment over Christmas with my family and will be straight back into camp for a new date, it’s a big disappointment but as always I leave my career in the hands of Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing who will get me back in there ASAP.”
Fans who bought tickets for the event will be updated with additional information in the coming days.