Haye-Fury set for February
David Haye has rearranged his domestic heavyweight showdown with Tyson Fury for February next year at Manchester's Phones 4u Arena.
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The pair were set for their much-hyped grudge match at the same venue this weekend, but Haye was forced to postpone the bout last Saturday after sustaining a bad cut above his left eyebrow which required six stitches.
While there was confusion whether the contest would ever materialise, Haye confirmed in a statement a second date, February 8, 2014, has been secured.
"News of the date in February is music to my ears," said Haye. "I was absolutely devastated this weekend, and felt as though I'd let a lot of people down. But now, with this new date, I couldn't be happier.
"My fans will still get the chance to see what they all wanted to see this weekend - they'll get to see Tyson Fury sparked out in a spectacular fashion."
Haye sustained the injury during the final sparring session of his training camp ahead of Saturday's postponed showdown and even though the Londoner released an image of the injury, Fury lashed out at his rival.
"There's no excuses ever out of me. You never hear me say excuses. If I had two broken hands I would still go in there and fight on Saturday night," said the Manchester fighter in an interview with Sky Sports.
Yet Haye maintains there was no hidden agenda behind his injury, insisting fortune was against him.
"Sparring eight days before a fight is nothing new or unusual," he said. "I've done this before fights in the past and never had an issue.
"This camp was no different to any other, aside from the fact it ended on an unlucky and sour note."
The 32-year-old former world heavyweight champion, who last fought when he stopped fellow Briton Dereck Chisora last July, is now ready to move on from the setback.
He has been motivated by Fury's comments in relation to the postponed fight and is now champing at the bit to finally get his rival in the ring.
"Tyson Fury might start to get brave now that he's received a stay of execution - and he might call me names and accuse me of ducking him - but that will all be short-lived, I can promise you," added Haye.
"After hearing the nonsense he has come out with in the last few days, I'm even more determined to expose him in front of millions. And only the possibility of getting another chance to land punches on his massive head and doughy gut has helped cheer me up.
"The cut will heal, the fight will happen next year, and the fans will go home happy. The only difference now is that Tyson Fury gets an even nastier beat-down than he would have received first time round.
"Once again, I'd like to apologise to the fans for the inconvenience caused by the postponement, and also because they will now have to endure a few more months of rubbish spewing from the mouth of Tyson Fury. I had hoped to silence him for good on Saturday night."