Haye suffers hand injury, pulls out of Charr fight
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, I knew it was too good to true. Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) has reportedly suffered a hand injury while training for his now cancelled June 29th fight against Germany’s Manuel Charr (23-1, 13 KO’s) at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK.
The injury was bad enough to where the 32-year-old Haye needed to pull out of the bout completely so that he can rest his hand for 1 month before deciding what he wants to do next.
Haye said nothing about whether he’ll attempt to reschedule the bout, although it does seem unlikely given his silence on the subject.
Haye said this about the injury as quoted by bbc.co.uk “I’m absolutely gutted to have to pull out of this fight. I need to rest it up for at least four weeks. I pick up injuries now and again in training and sometimes carry them into fights, but this was one I simply couldn’t recover from.”
I wonder if Charr is feeling that Haye got cold feet and decided against the wisdom of fighting a power puncher like Charr after seeing some of the video of his past fights, and realizing that he’d be in the ring with a fighter with a 40 pound weight advantage over him. This isn’t like Haye fighting Dereck Chisora where a lot of the extra weight that Chisora was carrying around was useless fat.
Charr is 250 pound of rock solid muscle and he would have made things mighty uncomfortable for the 210 pound Brit. It is very, very odd that Haye hasn’t said anything about wanting to reschedule the fight with Charr because that would be the next logical step for Haye if he really wanted to still fight the guy. Could it be that Haye wants a softer touch for his next fight instead of the big punching hulk of a Charr? I mean, I wouldn’t blame Haye for dodging the fight.
If I’m his manager Adam Booth, I’d be telling Haye to stay far away from a guy as big as Charr because the guy can take a punch and his new brawling all-out fighting style makes him very dangerous for anyone in the heavyweight division. He’s not the same fighter he once was when he fought at a slow pace.
Charr is more like Mike Tyson in fighting style now and I think Haye would have been run down like Charr was a tank.
My guess is that when Haye does reemerge to pick out his next opponent, it’ll be someone a lot milder than Charr.