Both David Haye and Tony Bellew have released formal statements following the news their rematch has been put back.

The pair were due to meet next month on December 17th at the 02 Arena but a freak injury to the bicep of Haye has derailed that date with the pair now expected to fight in the Spring of 2018.

The news has flooded the boxing world on all fronts today as disappointed fans who were looking forward to the big fight just before Christmas expressed their thoughts on the news passionately.

Now, both David Haye and Tony Bellew have given their official reactions to the news:

“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 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.”

Speaking on the news, Bellew said:

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“I’m gutted that the rematch with David has been postponed, both for myself but more for the fans. I’ve had a tough camp with a lot going on in my life but was ready to repeat my win from March.”