By Terence Dooley
News that David Haye, 26-2 (24), had picked up a cut in sparring last night and was forced to pull out of next Saturday's fight against domestic rival Tyson Fury, 21-0 (15), as result of the injury has set the cat amongst the pigeons here in the U.K. It is the announcement that launched a thousand quips and online conspiracy theories.
Adam Booth, the trainer of Haye, has told BoxingScene that, contrary to Peter Fury's comments earlier today, they are working hard on rescheduling the big fight, which was due to take place at Manchester's Phones 4U Arena and would have been shown live on Sky Sports Box Office PPV. A furious Peter Fury told BoxingScene earlier they are moving on, with Tyson being positioned for an October return.
"We are working on rescheduling the date and venue with Sky as soon as possible," said Booth when speaking to BoxingScene. Although he could not go into further details, Booth's discussions with Sky are a heartening sign that the fight might still be rescued, but it may take all of Booth's considerable negotiating ability to bring the Furys back to the table.
Still, this fight's genesis was very prolonged and protracted yet the parties managed to thrash out a deal earlier in the year. Indeed, Booth and Peter Fury brought it all together with a face-to-face crisis meeting, so maybe there is still hope that the all-British heavyweight tussle, which was building quite nicely, will still go ahead.
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