David Haye released news this morning that due to a gash over his left eye suffered in training camp, he will not be able to fight Tyson Fury on September 28 as originally scheduled. The bout was set for Sky Box Office in the UK and HBO in the US from Manchester, where it was a big draw at the gate ahead of time, and a fight that had plenty buzzing.
Haye sent out a picture of the cut, stitched up, and added this:
"Gutted isn't even the word," said a crestfallen Haye. "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."
It's definitely a big blow to the boxing schedule. Even with plenty of high-profile fights coming in the final quarter of 2013, this was one of those that had really built up some momentum.