The massive British heavyweight match-up between former WBA champion David Haye and undefeated contender Tyson Fury has been handed an initial rescheduling date of January 25 next year by TV broadcasters Sky.
Haye v Fury was originally slated for September 28 at the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester until the former suffered a cut in sparring last week, which had threatened to scupper the Sky Sports Box Office contest for good.
Fury, 25, was sceptical about the authenticity of the injury and had been ready to move on, according to trainer and uncle Peter who spoke to WBN in the immediate aftermath of Haye’s announcement. Peter has now confirmed that a new date is being considered for next year which will come as a great relief to those fight fans clambering to see the two big-name punchers duke it out to be crowned Britain’s best.
“Although I have not spoke to Haye’s trainer Adam Booth, Mick Hennessy has been talking to Sky and they have come back with a new date on January 25 for Tyson’s fight,” Fury told World Boxing News.
The offer from Sky to delay the fight for what will amount to four months is not said to be set in stone, but will go some way to reassuring the UK boxing fraternity that efforts are underway to salvage the much-publicised encounter.
Whether Fury will risk a fight in the interim after ten hard weeks in camp were wasted may be another story, although the clash with Haye remains in a precarious position – with only the massive pay days on offer to both men seemingly keeping the bout alive.