Injured David Haye withdraws from rematch with Tony Bellew

Tony Bellew and David Haye

Another bout was scheduled for Decemeber 17 at the O2 Arena London, and Haye was the bookmakers' favourite win the contest at the second time of asking.

"I just heard David Haye has pulled out against Tony "The Bell***" Bellew", Fury said in a video posted on Instagram.

Tyson Fury has challenged Tony Bellew to fight him after David Haye pulled out of their grudge rematch, which was due to take place on December 17, because of an arm injury.

Bellew was the shock victor at the O2 Arena when he stopped Haye - who suffered a hasty Achilles injury early on - in the 11th round via stoppage. "Despite the recent injury rumors, I was in ideal condition with an incredibly strong training camp, now weighing lighter than I have for more than five years".

"I underwent a procedure to fix 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".

Eddie Hearn
GETTY Eddie Hearn is hoping to be able to reschedule the fight

After unifying world titles at cruiserweight, Haye reigned as WBA world heavyweight champion from November 2009 until July 2011, when he was beaten on points by Ukrainian Klitschko in a world title unification fight.

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.

Haye lost to Bellew at the same venue earlier this year when he was stopped in the 11th round of the fight, having suffered an Achilles injury, which required surgery, earlier in the fight.

"I would like to apologise to Tony, his family and his training team, as well as all our fans who have been left disappointed. I look forward to getting back to training and into the ring in early 2018 with excitement and determination".

A statement is expected to be released later today (Monday).

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