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Haye overjoyed at new Fury date

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The Heavyweight super fight between David Haye and Tyson Fury has now officially been rescheduled for the February 8 2014, but will still take place at the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester.

The fight, originally meant to take place this coming Saturday, was postponed by former WBA heavyweight champion Haye over the weekend, after he revealed that he had received a cut above his left eye in the final sparring session of his training camp last friday evening.

The Hayemaker expressed his disappointment at having to cancel the fight at the eleventh hour, but maintained that he was overjoyed at the confirmation of the new date.

"News of the date in February is music to my ears, 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," Haye said. 

"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."

After receiving some criticism in the media and from Fury himself, Haye went on to defend his decision to risk himself merely a week before the fight, and his subsequent decision to postpone the bout when he was injured.

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

"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."

The rescheduling of the bout is great news for heavyweight boxing, which is in dire need of some entertainment and now hopefully the two fighters can meet in February and give the paying audiences a great show.

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