UK Boxing: Haye V Fury Off!
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 | Carl
DAVID HAYE has announced that after surgery on his right shoulder in Germany on Thursday (November 14) he has to withdraw from his heavyweight fight with Tyson Fury, which had been scheduled for February 8 2014. Haye says he is now considering retirement.
“I genuinely believed the shoulder injury wasn't that bad,” Haye said in a statement. “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 Fury fight, which would have been a major event in British boxing, had already been postponed from its original September date after Haye suffered a cut over his eye in sparring.
Haye’s statement continued, “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. 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.”
Haye unified titles at cruiserweight, became the WBA heavyweight champion and lost his title to Wladimir Klitschko.