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David Haye v Tyson Fury set for February

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Haye is ready to take on Fury in February (©GettyImages)
Haye is ready to take on Fury in February (©GettyImages).

David Haye’s fight against Tyson Fury has been rescheduled to take place on February 8 in Manchester, according to Hayemaker Promotions.

The fight that was scheduled to take place on September 28 but Haye suffered a gash on his forehead during sparring last week, which needed six stitches.

Both parties were keen to rearrange the domestic heavyweight fight and Haye admitted he felt he left his fans a little disappointed at having to pull out.

"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 has faced some strong criticism from Fury and his team, as they questioned why he chose to spar just eight days before the pay-per-view event.

Despite the controversy the former two-weight world champion insists all was going on schedule.

"Sparring eight days before a fight is nothing new or unusual," the 32-year-old Londoner added. "I've done this before fights in the past and never had an issue.

"Also, look at the history books. George Foreman sparred and got cut eight days before his 'Rumble in the Jungle' with Muhammad Ali - causing a six-week postponement - and Sugar Ray Leonard sparred and got knocked down five days before his fight with Marvin Hagler, but still managed to go on and win.

"These things sometimes happen in training, and to suggest I decided against wearing a head-guard, or that the cut was premeditated, shows a clear lack of knowledge and understanding."


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