Tony Bellew turned to Twitter to express his disappointment on his postponed fight with David Haye.
Haye informed recently that he suffered an injury and his rematch with Bellew on December 17 is cancelled.
It’s been hard times for Bellew recently. He suffered the death of his brother-in-law, Ashley Roberts, last month, while on camp for his anticipated second fight with David Haye.
It was looking like that fight was what Bellew needed to deal with the pain. When asked how he coped with the tragedy, he explained
“I just go the gym," he said, per the Independent. "When I punch everything else goes away. Then I go home and we are together as a family."
"I have a lot of pent up anger and frustration in me, and I'm going to unleash it on December 17.”
"I'm sorry is all I can say! I was ready to go ahead with this fight regardless of my teams wishes but I always show up and get in and give it everything," he said.
"I will sit down with @eddiehearn soon and will now use this time wisely with my family and get over the loss of our brother 💔."
Bellew’s trainer, Dave Coldwell, was on the same page about the cancellation of the bout.
“I’m gutted for Tony I really am," Coldwell said, per Boxing News. "It’s been a hard, hard camp. It’s been very tough on him. There’s no end product for it right now.
“He showed immense strength of character. I’ve always had respect for his mental toughness but for him to have just gone through the sessions that we’ve had to, with all that that’s going on, it’s took it to another level."
It seems that Bellew and his team are still considering their options, and promoter Eddie Hearn would play a big part in their decision. Although Haye is famous for his injury-marked career, he announced that a return is likely in March or May next year.
Coach Coldwell does not seem in a rush for making a decision on his fighter`s future.
“Right now we’re waiting to see what all the options are and what people like Eddie and Sky, what they do. Tony will look at what his options are and we’ll take it from there," he added.
“If it’s not too far out, we’ll speak about it. Do we wait? Do we do something else? I don’t know, we’ll see.”
Possible Fury bout
Former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury was quick to offer his services as an opponent via social media. Coldwell is not a fan of that idea though.
“He’s too big,” he confessed.
“That’s not a fight I would entertain whatsoever. Fury is big, long and very, very clever in that ring. There’s no way that I’d be interested in that fight.”
No matter how hard this news is on Bellew, he would not like to lose the form and fitness he had attained in his camp. He and his team need a quick decision, otherwise they would have to wait for Haye to eventually come back fit in six months or so.