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David Haye apologizes for disappointing injury

David Haye says he still expects to face Tony Bellew next spring.

Tony Bellew and David Haye Press Conference Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images

David Haye, who just had to pull out of a scheduled Dec. 17 rematch with Tony Bellew following a training injury, says he’s just gutted about the way things turned out. Haye says the previous rumors of his troubled achilles were unfounded which makes it all the more unfortunate that he ended up with another injury.

“Despite the recent injury rumours, I was in perfect condition with an incredibly strong training camp, currently weighing lighter than I have for more than five years, I couldn’t wait to get back in the ring. I was ready to rewrite the ending of the Haye Bellew saga.”

Haye went on to clarify that despite initial reports of him injuring his bicep while jumping rope, he actually was working on a stair drill when he slipped and instinctively caught himself on a banister, which caused the injury.

He continued to confirm that he has already undergone a procedure to fix the injury and that he’s expected to make a full recovery, expecting the rematch with Bellew to be rescheduled for next spring — between March and May.

Haye would then go on to issue an apology to all those involved who were looking forward to the rematch which was set to take place next month.

“I would like to apologise to Tony, his family and his training team, as well as all our fans who have been left disappointed. I’ve been solely focussed 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.”

Haye expects to be able to start rehabbing his arm in as soon as two weeks from now.