By Terence Dooley
David Haye and Eddie Hearn have confirmed that the "Hayemaker" will not face Tyson Fury at the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester on February 8 after undergoing a five hour shoulder surgery in Germany on Thursday to repair a ruptured right subscapularis and bicep tendon attachments. Haye had his shoulder reconstructed, according to his official website, and has been advised to consider drawing a line under his professional boxing career.
I genuinely believed the shoulder injury wasn't that bad, said Haye. But the doctor sent me for a detailed MRI scan and within 24 hours I was told the full extent of the damage. Twenty-four hours after that I was in the operating theatre.
It's a crushing blow for me. I had big plans for next year and the ultimate goal was to win back the world heavyweight title, something my amazing fans deserve. What I didn't anticipate was that this year would be the unluckiest of my career and that a number of injuries would disrupt my plans so much. Perhaps it just wasn't meant to be. The boxing Gods keep hinting that maybe enough is enough and that it's time to finally hang up my gloves.
The surgery and subsequent results are a bitter pill to swallow because I truly felt I had a lot more to offer and was looking forward to paying back my loyal fans with some great fights in 2014, said Haye. But I've been boxing for 23 years now, amateur and pro, and this has clearly taken its toll on my body. I can only offer my sincerest apologies to all those fans who have followed me over the years and, like me, wanted to finish on a real high. This wasn't how I wanted to end 2013.
If I'm now destined to have won the European Championship, the Unified World Cruiserweight Championship and the WBA Heavyweight Championship of the world - with a record of 28 fights, 26 wins, 24 victories coming via knockout and only two defeats - then so be it. I'm proud of these achievements and consider my boxing career a huge success.
*** All fans with tickets to Haye vs. Fury on February 8 should go to their point of sale for a refund. Hayemaker Boxing apologise for the inconvenience caused ***
It now leaves Tyson Fury, 21-0 (15), without an immediate opponent and in need of a fight as soon as possible so that he can kick on with his own career.
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