Bellew Could Have Interim Fight Depending on Haye's Rehab Time

The week started off with a black eye, as David Haye postponed his rematch with Tony Bellew after tearing his biceps during training.

The injury-prone heavyweight, 37, has withdrawn from the match-up scheduled for December 17 at London's O2 Arena but is not considering retirement and hopes to instead fight his rival on March 24 or May 5.

What Haye described as a "freak accident" occurred last Thursday, and led to a procedure on Monday afternoon that he insists has been successful.


The injury is only the latest Haye has suffered. He fought on despite rupturing his Achilles during the dramatic defeat by Bellew in March, his third fight - and first against a reputable opponent - since returning to the ring after a near four-year absence in January 2016.

He had previously announced his retirement because of a shoulder injury he sustained in the build-up to a scheduled fight with Tyson Fury, having first been forced to postpone that after being cut during sparring.

The Fury fight had been scheduled after Haye's withdrawal, owing to a hand injury, from an earlier match-up with Manuel Charr, and four years after a back injury led to the cancellation of a fight with Wladimir Klitschko in the summer of 2009.

Haye had returned against the little-known Mark de Mori at a career-heaviest 16st 3lbs [227-pounds], despite being widely considered a natural cruiserweight, and insisting he required the additional bulk to prevent further injuries.

Since the defeat by Bellew and Achilles injury he has split with trainer Shane McGuigan and begun to work with Cuban Ismael Salas.

According to Bellew's promoter, Eddie Hearn, there is the possibility that his boxer will have an interim-bout - depending on how long it takes Haye to recover from his injury.

"We will look at things after the operation, look at the timescale and whether we have an interim bout ourselves or go straight into that fight," said Hearn.

"The plan is to reschedule, pending the success and rehabilitation of David Haye's injury."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by chepboxingking on 11-21-2017

Bellew is looking for one more payday before he retires. He'll wait on the biggest payday out there with Haye.

Comment by Chrismart on 11-20-2017

I can't see him looking at Whyte or someone like that. I think Haye is his money fight before he calls it a day. So i'd imagine he will wait on Haye (a risky game), and maybe take a real…

Comment by JK1700 on 11-20-2017

Forget Haye. Worst mistake would be to wait for him. Stay busy and fight to end the year and again in early 2018. Then maybe by June, Haye might sign to fight him again but even then he could pull…

Comment by Lopez_Boxing on 11-20-2017

Haye doesn’t just pull out once. Skip him

Comment by Sadiqkingofko on 11-20-2017

Fight Whyte, thats a good low risk fight for Bellew

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