David Haye pledges to fight Tony Bellew next year after freak injury rules him out of December rematch

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Haye is now set to meet Bellew again in March or May (Source: Getty)

Former world heavyweight champion David Haye has vowed to reschedule his fight with fellow Briton Tony Bellew after pulling out of next month’s planned rematch citing a freak injury.

Bellew’s promoters said Haye had undergone surgery to repair a bicep tear suffered when he slipped on the stairs during a training exercise.

A new date for the bout with fellow WBC cruiserweight champion Bellew – either 24 March or 5 May – is due to be confirmed this week, they added.

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“I am devastated to announce my much-anticipated rematch against Tony Bellew has been postponed,” said Haye, 37.

“Unfortunately, after a freak accident during a stair conditioning session, which I’ve done with no incident hundreds of times, I lost my footing, slipped, so instinctively grabbed the bannister to stop myself toppling down the stairwell, in doing so I somehow managed to damage my bicep in the process.

“It’s extremely frustrating that I couldn’t finish 2017 with just my ring performance doing the talking. I look forward to getting back to training and into the ring in early 2018 with excitement and determination.”

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Bellew (right) stopped Haye in the 11th round when they met in March (Source: Getty)

Haye and Bellew had been due to meet again at London’s O2 on 17 December, nine months after the latter won their first fight with an 11th-round stoppage.

Bellew’s promoters Matchroom Boxing say original tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled date.

Bellew, 34, said: “I’m gutted that the rematch with David has been postponed, both for myself but more for the fans. I’ve had a tough camp with a lot going on in my life but was ready to repeat my win from March.”

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