David Haye Releases Statement After Pulling Out Of Tony Bellew Rematch


Following their first fight in March, the pair agreed to a rematch on December 17th at the O2 Arena.

"I'm gutted that the rematch with David has been postponed, both for myself but more for the fans".

Former heavyweight world titleholder David Haye (28-3, 26 KOs) has withdrawn from his rematch against Tony Bellew (29-2-1, 19 KOs), whom he was supposed to face December 17 at the O2 Arena in London, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told ESPN on Monday.

Bellew was the shock victor at the O2 Arena when he stopped Haye - who suffered a hasty Achilles injury early on - in the 11th round via stoppage.

'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.

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And after the news was confirmed, former unified heavyweight world champion Fury was quick to offer his services for the fight where it to take place on May 5, one of the two proposed rescheduled dates along with March 24.

Haye struggled for much of the match after rupturing his Achilles tendon in the 6th round of the fight, and has since been trying to work his way back to full fighting fitness.

Haye lost to Bellew at the same venue earlier this year when he was stopped in the 11th round of the fight, having suffered an Achilles injury, which required surgery, earlier in the fight. Though it appears the bout is off after Haye has reportedly sustained an arm injury. The biceps injury, rumored for about the past 10 days, is another in a long ling of injuries that have forced Haye to pull out of fights or postpone them through the years, including against then-heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, Tyson Fury and Manuel Charr. "I would like to apologise to Tony, and everyone at Team Bellew, as well as all our fans who have been left disappointed".

Haye underwent surgery on Monday to correct the arm issue and expects a speedy recovery.