Haye pulls out

MANCHESTER, England – Britain’s former heavyweight world champion David Haye has pulled out of next month’s scheduled showdown with WBC cruiserweight world champion Tony Bellew after suffering a “freak accident”.

Bellew stopped compatriot Haye in the 11th round when they met in March and the sold-out re-match was scheduled for Dec. 17. It will now be postponed until March or May.

Haye said he had suffered a bicep injury after falling while working out on the stairs.

“I am devastated to announce my much-anticipated rematch against Tony Bellew has been postponed until March 24th or May 5th 2018, subject to scheduling,” said Haye.

“After a freak accident during a stair conditioning session, which I’ve done with no incident hundreds of times, I lost my footing and slipped,” Haye said in a statement.

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