Haye hopes to reschedule fight

Updated: June 4, 2009, 8:05 AM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- David Haye hopes his world heavyweight title fight against Wladimir Klitschko can be rescheduled for July.

The British fighter pulled out of the scheduled June 20 bout against the IBF and WBO champion on Wednesday after injuring his back in training.

The fight was scheduled to take place before a sellout crowd of more than 60,000 at Schalke's soccer stadium in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

Haye's manager, Adam Booth, said Thursday the boxer was returning to Britain for treatment and hoped a new fight date would be arranged.

"It looks like there will be only a three-week delay from the original fight date, which hopefully means that Wladimir will only postpone the fight, rather than cancel it," Booth said in statement.

Haye is 22-1 and has recently moved up from cruiserweight. Klitschko, considered the best of the heavyweights, is 52-3.

"I'm sorry to disappoint all my fans across the world and I hope that once I have had the sufficient treatment, I will be able to start training again and we can get the fight on as soon as possible," Haye said. "I know this is the fight the fans want and I will do everything to make sure it happens."

Klitschko's manager, Bernd Boente, said the fight could be moved to late July.

"Contractually, we have to first of all see how bad the injury is," he told Setanta Sports News. "If there is just a small postponement, maybe we could do the fight four weeks later. We have put a lot of training into the fight but we will have to see."

Klitschko voiced his frustration and suggested he could find a new opponent.

"I've been waiting for this David Haye fight for half a year," Klitschko said. "But now I have no David Haye on June 20th, so we'll keep the date and I wish a fast recovery to him."

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