Former world heavyweight champion David Haye was due to fight top ten ranked Lebanese fighter Manuel Charr in Manchester, England on June 25.
That was until he damaged a ligament in his left hand in training on Sunday, an injury that left him in so much pain he couldn’t even take his glove off, according to his trainer Adam Booth.
This injury will keep him away from the gym for four weeks, and with the fight a mere six weeks away there was no option but to postpone. No boxer could take four weeks out of training so close to a fight and hope to be at 100 percent when fight night comes around, so the right choice was made.
This fight was to be his first step back onto the ladder in an attempt to get himself into the mandatory challenger position for one of the world heavyweight titles held by the Klitschko brothers, who have dominated the division in recent years.
Haye had grown weary of the Ukrainians putting one obstacle after another in the way of a potential super-fight, and going back on their word.
At that infamous Munich press conference after Vitali Klitschko had beaten Dereck Chisora by unanimous points decision, Klitschko manager Bernd Boente offered a shot at Vitali to the winner of a Haye v Chisora fight in front of the assembled media. This fight happened in July 2012 with Haye the winner by TKO, and the Klitschko camp still wouldn’t play ball.
There has been some speculation that the Londoner pulled out the fight in order to make a more lucrative deal, or one that would get him closer to the Klitschko brothers. There is the possibility that Charr would want to keep the end of June date that he has been training for in order to not disrupt his own plans, which would free Haye up to fight someone else a couple of months later.
It is highly unlikely that Haye would pull out of a fight without a genuine reason and delaying his comeback, possibly missing out on the fight that he so badly wants with both Vitali and Wladimir looking like retiring sooner rather than later.
So what next? David Haye and trainer Adam Booth have both stated that they are planning to reschedule the fight with Manuel Charr, but that would be dependent on the Lebanese fighter being willing to cooperate.
Some speculation has been going around that Haye is trying to make a fight with Wladimir without having another fight first, on the basis that he is already ranked at number one by the WBA, and number four by both IBF and WBO. This simply won’t happen because neither Klitschko want to fight Haye unless he gets into the position of being their mandatory defence, and even if they would accept a fight Haye would be a bit foolish to go into it after a year of inactivity without so much as a ‘tune up’ beforehand.
Another possibility, depending on how the injury heals, is that he never steps into the ring again.
From what we have heard about the damage it shouldn’t come to that, but Haye is in his thirties now, and injuries like the one he has received can take longer to heal as you get older. That being said I’m very confident that we will be seeing the former world heavyweight champion back in the ring before the end of this year.
Another option if Charr won’t wait would be a ‘Battle of Britain’ face off with six foot 9 inch unbeaten heavyweight Tyson Fury.
The British public would love to see this fight, and it would be the biggest domestic clash since Chris Eubank got in the ring with Nigel Benn or Frank Bruno squared up to Lennox Lewis.
Haye has long insisted that he was not interested in fighting Fury or Liverpudlian David Price, and that he was focused solely on earning a title fight - that was until earlier this month when he claimed that Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessey had rejected an offer to fight him.
Tyson Fury’s uncle, Peter Fury, said of the potential fight: “We are in talks with them over a possible fight later on in the year,” he said. "We are up to fight David Haye and he’s up to fight us. It looks positive.
“We are definitely looking for big fights for Tyson now. I think David Haye and Tyson Fury is the biggest non world title fight out there in the heavyweights.
“If it can be made then we are all for it, but it is a long, long way from being there. No figures are being discussed yet."
Tyson, a Manchester United fan who wears the club shirt into the ring, says it his dream to fight at Old Trafford as Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn did 20 years ago this year, and believes that he would end Haye’s career if they ever stepped into the ring together.
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