Former heavyweight champion David Haye reveals roughly when the fight will go ahead again in a personal statement to his fans.
Both boxers issued formal statements via their management and promotional outfits but Haye has taken to social media to craft his own personal response to fans on what happened, and more.
That reads (via David Haye Instagram):
“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. 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.
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 bannister 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.
I would like to apologise to Tony, and all of Team Bellew, as well as 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.”