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David Haye vs Tony Bellew II: Rematch ‘under serious threat’ due to injury

DAVID HAYE’S rematch with Tony Bellew is reportedly under serious threat due to injury. According to Tha Boxing Voice Podcast, The Hayemaker has suffered a blow during training for the clash. And that could force him to pull out of the showdown at The O2 on December 17. The podcast claims that an insider in […]

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DAVID HAYE’S rematch with Tony Bellew is reportedly under serious threat due to injury.

According to Tha Boxing Voice Podcast, The Hayemaker has suffered a blow during training for the clash.

David Haye’s rematch with Tony Bellew is reportedly under serious threat
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And that could force him to pull out of the showdown at The O2 on December 17.

The podcast claims that an insider in Haye’s camp has revealed the 37-year-old has the unknown injury – possibly costing him his chance of revenge against the Scouser.

No specific or further information on the alleged damage was given.

However, Haye has struggled with the Achilles injury he picked up in the first explosive fight between the pair back in March – which SunSport revealed was causing him trouble before entering the ring.

The Hayemaker could be robbed of his chance of revenge by injury
The Hayemaker could be robbed of his chance of revenge by injury
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Tony Bellew shocked the boxing world with an explosive victory over Haye back in March
Tony Bellew shocked the boxing world with an explosive victory over Haye back in March
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That allowed Bellew to go on and shock the boxing world by defeating him courtesy of an 11th round stoppage.

Haye required surgery after the fight and spent a lengthy spell away from the ring recovering before returning to set-up the highly-anticipated rematch.


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There is still no official confirmation from the Haye camp on the alleged new injury.

Bellew has promised to retire Haye and insisted that their rematch will be “more explosive” than the original.

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The Liverpool-born fighter said: “I’m going to end David Haye’s career on December 17th.

“I don’t care what people think. Tell me I’m crazy, tell me I’m stupid.

“He’s been very silent and playing the nice guy at the moment. If you need me to be the bad guy mate, I can be whatever you want me to be.

Tony Bellew has vowed to retire David Haye in December
Tony Bellew has vowed to retire David Haye in December
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Bellew shocked the world when he defeated Haye back in March
Bellew shocked the world when he defeated Haye back in March
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David Haye tore his Achilles during the first fight
David Haye tore his Achilles during the first fight
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“At the end of the day, he’s said so many things in the past, right now I think he’s run out of insults for me.

“I think we just want to punch each other in the face now and you’re going to get the chance on December 17th.

“I’m just looking forward to proving everyone wrong again, because according to the bookies I’m going to get spanked again.

“I just don’t see it that way. Let’s see if he can shut the mouthy Scouser up.”

He continued: “What you’re going to see on December 17, in my opinion, is two big cruiserweights get in the ring, that’s what I think. I don’t think David is going to be coming in heavy.

“I think he will have learnt his lesson last time, and I think we’ll see a different fight this time also, I really, really do believe that. Hopefully more explosive, if that’s possible.”

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Anthony Joshua spars in stunning setting on top of skyscraper overlooking Dubai

ANTHONY JOSHUA must be feeling on top of the world with the finest heavyweights on it trying to lure him into a super-fight. And the Brit could have almost touched the clouds as he worked out for a promotional video on the roof of the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai. CLAIM YOUR FREE £30 BET […]

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ANTHONY JOSHUA must be feeling on top of the world with the finest heavyweights on it trying to lure him into a super-fight.

And the Brit could have almost touched the clouds as he worked out for a promotional video on the roof of the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai.

Anthony Joshua poses on top of a skyscraper of a hotel in Dubai
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Joshua has already proved a hit in Dubai by hitting the target in a ‘crossbar challenge’.

And now he has followed in the footsteps of global superstars Roger Federer, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy and by putting his skills to the test on a helipad for the ‘Visit Dubai’ campaign.

IBF, WBA and IBO champion AJ posted the video for on his Instagram page, sparring against a stunning backdrop in the United Arab Emirates.

The Watford scrapper would no doubt have raked in some serious cash from the stunt.

And it is not hard to see why Joseph Parker wants a 35 per cent cut of the purse from a potential fight.

The Kiwi’s promoter David Higgins staged a press conference yesterday and showed footage of Joshua’s wobbles.

Joshua spars for a promotional video
Anthony Joshua spars for a promotional video
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The top of the spike on Burj Al Arab sits 321m up in the air
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Joshua sparred in the stunning setting in the United Arab Emirates
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Anthony Joshua has no shortage of opponents wanting a shot at him
Anthony Joshua has no shortage of opponents who want a shot at him
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AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn hit back saying Higgins was “off his swede.”

Higgins said: “Why does Parker beat Joshua? Simple, Parker has a granite chin, whereas Joshua may have a glass jaw. It’s the worst-kept secret in British boxing. No-one really talks about it.


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“So our offer to anyone in the UK, send us proof that you have also dropped Anthony Joshua. Be the first to do so and we will send you a special gift in the mail.

“Our second offer of today is to all Joshua fans in the world. If you can send us proof that Parker has ever been dropped, we will send you a cheque for £10,000.

Joshua beat Carlos Takam in his last fight at Cardiff's Principality Stadium
Joshua beat Carlos Takam in his last fight at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium
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Joshua retained his IBF, WBA and IBO belts
Joshua retained his IBF, WBA and IBO belts
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“Our message to Anthony Joshua is we want the opportunity to test your chin so much that we will let you keep 65 per cent of the profit. You have no excuses, show Parker some respect and make the fight.”

Hearn snapped back: “You’ve got to love this David Higgins – he is absolutely off his swede.

“We are getting closer on a deal, but holding a press conference in a broom cupboard with a promotional video that looks like it’s been done by my eight-year-old daughter is not the one, in terms of justifying your commercial value.”

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David Haye vs Tony Bellew rematch cancelled as Hayemaker reveals he has had surgery on arm injury… the fight is being re-arranged for March

DAVID HAYE has pulled out of his rematch with Tony Bellew after picking up a bicep injury/ The pair were scheduled to clash for the second time on December 17 at the O2 Arena, but the bout will now take place in March or May. Haye has suffered an injury to his bicep after “a […]

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DAVID HAYE has pulled out of his rematch with Tony Bellew after picking up a bicep injury/

The pair were scheduled to clash for the second time on December 17 at the O2 Arena, but the bout will now take place in March or May.

SunSport pictured David Haye in fine health last week
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Haye has suffered an injury to his bicep after “a freak accident during a stair conditioning session”. He has already undergone surgery.

In a statement posted on Matchroom’s website, Haye said: “I am devastated to announce my much-anticipated rematch against Tony Bellew has been postponed until March 24 or May 5, 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, I couldn’t wait to get back in the ring.

“I was ready to rewrite the ending of the Haye Bellew saga.

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David Haye is set to pull out of his rematch against Tony Bellew after picking up an arm injury
David Haye has pulled out of his rematch against Tony Bellew after picking up an arm injury
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“Unfortunately, after a freak accident during a stair conditioning session, which I’ve done with no incident hundreds of times, I lost my footing, slipped.

“So I instinctively grabbed the bannister to stop myself toppling down the stairwell, in doing so I somehow managed to damage my bicep in the process.


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“This afternoon 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 arm rehabilitation in two weeks.

“I would like to apologise to Tony, his family and his training team, as well as all our fans who have been left disappointed.

The eagerly anticipated rematch between Tony Bellew and David Haye is OFF, according to reports
The eagerly anticipated rematch between Tony Bellew and David Haye is OFF
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David Haye was desperate to get revenge for losing to Tony Bellew earlier this year
David Haye was desperate to get revenge for losing to Tony Bellew earlier this year
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“I’ve been solely focussed on this fight and it’s extremely frustrating that I couldn’t finish 2017 with just my ring performance doing the talking.

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

Tony Bellew was understandably disappointed at the news.

He said:  “I’m gutted that the rematch with David has been postponed, both for myself but more for the fans.

“I’ve had a tough camp with a lot going on in my life but was ready to repeat my win from March.

“I’ll get over this disappointment over Christmas with my family and will be straight back into camp for a new date, it’s a big disappointment but as always I leave my career in the hands of Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing who will get me back in there ASAP.”

Fans can either get a refund for the fight, or exchange once a new date has been agreed.

David Haye picked up an Achilles injury in his first fight against Tony Bellew that hindered him hugely
David Haye picked up an Achilles injury in his first fight against Tony Bellew that hindered him hugely
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David Haye promised it would be 'revenge' and not 'repeat' when he fought Tony Bellew again
David Haye promised it would be ‘revenge’ and not ‘repeat’ when he fought Tony Bellew again
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Tyson Fury, who is still seeking to win back his boxing licence, and Dillian Whyte have both offered to step in to replace the injured Haye.

SunSport reported last week how rumours were circulating that the fight was in serious doubt due to an injury picked up by the challenger.

The Boxing Voice Podcast podcast claimed that an insider in Haye’s camp revealed the 37-year-old “has the unknown injury” – possibly costing him his chance of revenge against the Scouser.

Haye has struggled with the Achilles injury he picked up in the first explosive fight between the pair back in March – which SunSport revealed was causing him trouble before entering the ring.

That allowed Bellew to go on and shock the boxing world by defeating him courtesy of an 11th round stoppage.

Haye required surgery after the fight and spent a lengthy spell away from the ring recovering before returning to set-up the highly-anticipated rematch.

David Haye's Catalogue Of Injuries

2002 – Commonwealth Games – Bicep
2005 – Mark Hobson – Hamstring
2009 – Wladimir Klitschko – Back
2011 – Wladimir Klitschko – Little toe
2013 – Manuel Charr – Hand
2013 – Tyson Fury – Cut hand
2013 – Tyson Fury – Shoulder

2017 – Tony Bellew – Achilles
2017 – Tony Bellew – Bicep

But the injury picked up is a new one – which will disappoint thousands of boxing fans around the world.

Bellew had promised to retire Haye and insisted that their rematch would be “more explosive” than the original.

The Liverpool-born fighter previously said: “I’m going to end David Haye’s career on December 17th.

“I don’t care what people think. Tell me I’m crazy, tell me I’m stupid.

“He’s been very silent and playing the nice guy at the moment. If you need me to be the bad guy mate, I can be whatever you want me to be.”

Sadly now for the sport of boxing, ANOTHER new injury to Haye could well have put paid to his career before he has even stepped foot back into the ring.

Interestingly, Tony Bellew tweeted out a ‘sad face’ emoji this afternoon, although he has not confirmed this is linked with the fight being called off.

David Haye failed to really trouble Tony Bellew in their first encounter back in March
David Haye failed to really trouble Tony Bellew in their first encounter back in March
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Boxing fans around the world were licking their lips at David Haye vs Tony Bellew Part II
Boxing fans around the world were licking their lips at David Haye vs Tony Bellew Part II
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Tyson Fury offers to step in and fight Tony Bellew instead of David Haye after The Hayemaker pulls out of rematch with a bicep injury

TYSON FURY has offered to fight Tony Bellew next month as David Haye’s replacement. The Hayemaker pulled out of the December 17 showdown today after injuring his bicep in bizarre fashion. Bellew and Haye’s blockbuster rematch is now set to take place on either March 24 or May 5. However, the self-proclaimed Gypsy King has […]

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TYSON FURY has offered to fight Tony Bellew next month as David Haye’s replacement.

The Hayemaker pulled out of the December 17 showdown today after injuring his bicep in bizarre fashion.

Tyson Fury has offered to step-in and replace the injured David Haye against Tony Bellew
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Tony Bellew was due to face David Haye at the O2 next month
Tony Bellew was due to face David Haye at the O2 next month
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Bellew and Haye’s blockbuster rematch is now set to take place on either March 24 or May 5.

However, the self-proclaimed Gypsy King has wasted little time in offering to return to the ring instead of the crocked star.

He tweeted: “Who wants to see me & @TonyBellew go at it heavyweight style? Manchester vs Liverpool northwests finest.

“I’ve just heard David Haye’s pulled out against Tony ‘The bell***’ Bellew.

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The eagerly anticipated rematch between Tony Bellew and David Haye is OFF
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David Haye is set to pull out of his rematch against Tony Bellew after picking up an arm injury
David Haye is set to pull out of his rematch against Tony Bellew after picking up an arm injury“I’ll be ready willing and waiting to fight Tony Bellew.<br />“Like I said before Tony, you want to fight a real man, you want to fight the best heavyweight in the world, the heavyweight that beat everybody else, the heavyweight that never lost a fight, the real heavyweight champion of the world, we’re ready and waiting.
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“They call you the bomber, I call you the bell***, it’ll be no contest, one uppercut ceiling job.

“If you think you can do any different, prove it wrong, and you can bring your mate as well, big dosser David Price.”

Fury, 29, is currently working his way back to fitness and plans to return to the ring as quickly as possible after a two-year absence.

The last time he fought was when he dethroned Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko to become the heavyweight champion of the world on his first time of trying.

SunSport reported last week how rumours were circulating that the Haye fight was in serious doubt due to an injury picked up by the challenger.

Fury shocked the world when he defeated Wladimir Klitschko nearly two years ago
Fury shocked the world when he defeated Wladimir Klitschko nearly two years ago
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Tyson Fury is already shedding the beef ahead of his potential return
Tyson Fury is already shedding the beef ahead of his potential return
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The Boxing Voice Podcast podcast claimed that an insider in Haye’s camp revealed the 37-year-old “has the unknown injury” – possibly costing him his chance of revenge against the Scouser.

Haye has struggled with the Achilles injury he picked up in the first explosive fight between the pair back in March – which SunSport revealed was causing him trouble before entering the ring.

David Haye's Catalogue Of Injuries

2002 – Commonwealth Games – Bicep
2005 – Mark Hobson – Hamstring
2009 – Wladimir Klitschko – Back
2011 – Wladimir Klitschko – Little toe
2013 – Manuel Charr – Hand
2013 – Tyson Fury – Cut hand
2013 – Tyson Fury – Shoulder

2017 – Tony Bellew – Achilles

2017 – Tony Bellew – Bicep

That allowed Bellew to go on and shock the boxing world by defeating him courtesy of an 11th round stoppage.

Haye required surgery after the fight and spent a lengthy spell away from the ring recovering before returning to set-up the highly-anticipated rematch.

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