- Dan Rafael, Boxing
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With former heavyweight titlist David Haye having suffered a cut over his left eye and this Saturday's much-anticipated all-British showdown with Tyson Fury now off, it's unclear when and if the fight will be rescheduled. But the camps are trying to work things out.
Initially, Peter Fury, Tyson's uncle and trainer, said his fighter would move on and look for some other fight. Clearly, they were very frustrated by the situation.
Now it seems as though Fury's side has calmed down and is trying to reschedule the bout, which isn't always easy when you consider arena availability, which needs to be matched with the Sky Sports television schedule in the United Kingdom. Also, HBO had bought the American rights to the bout, and the network has a packed fourth-quarter schedule.
"We only found out about this situation around mid-day on Saturday morning, only about half an hour before Hayemaker [Promotions] sent out their official release announcing [the cut]," said Mick Hennessy, Fury's promoter. "Since then, we have been working around the clock with Team Fury, Hayemaker and Sky in an attempt to resolve the situation and reschedule a new date as quickly as possible.
"We have looked into a number of possibilities and have been left very frustrated, as due to these circumstances beyond our control there is nothing that can be done to salvage [Saturday]. But this is a super fight that the fans deserve to see, and Tyson is eager to deliver for them."
Hennessy said that Fury was willing to take on another opponent on short notice on Saturday, even suggesting American power-hitting prospect Deontay Wilder.
"To be fair to Tyson as well, he has done everything in his power to keep this date alive for the fans, even agreeing to fight Deontay Wilder [if Team Wilder were to agree]," Hennessy said. "But this fight at short notice was obviously not considered to be box office."
A Fury-Wilder showdown would certainly be interesting, but to make that kind of fight on a week's notice was not remotely realistic. Knowing that was the case, I have my doubts that Fury was serious but, hey, it was a nice idea.
Ideally, Haye-Fury will be rescheduled as quickly as possible.
"We are very disappointed and can imagine how you are all feeling about this as fans, and hopefully we will be able to announce further information as soon as possible," Hennessy said.
With former heavyweight titlist David Haye having suffered a cut over his left eye and this Saturday's much-anticipated all-British showdown with Tyson Fury now off, it's unclear when and if the fight will be rescheduled.