Injury forces Bellew to wait

21 November 2017 03:38:13 GMTPlus11

David Haye is confident that he will be able to face Tony Bellew in the first six months of next year, after injury struck to ruin their pre-Christmas rematch.

The heavyweight duo were set to meet at The O2 Arena in London on December 17th, with Bellew having come out on top in their initial fight in March.

I look forward to getting back to training and into the ring in early 2018 with excitement and determination.

David Haye

However, Haye sustained an arm injury in training and has undergone a small operation to repair the damage, meaning that he and Bellew will have to set up a new date for their second fight.

A statement from Haye confirmed: "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.

"Unfortunately, after a freak accident during a stair conditioning session, 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 biceps.

"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 rehabilitation in two weeks.

"I look forward to getting back to training and into the ring in early 2018 with excitement and determination."

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