David Haye suffers cut, fight with Tyson Fury postponed
By Scott Gilfoid: David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) suffered a bad cut over his left eye during a sparring session with one of his sparring partners on Friday, and due to the extent of the cut it means that Haye’s September 28th fight against Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KO’s) will have to be postponed. Right now they’re taking 2 weeks, but with a cut like that it could wind up being a lot longer than that. Haye needed 6 stitches to have the cut closed.
Why Haye was still doing sparring with a week to go before before his important fight is the big question. You’re supposed to be done with sparring by that point, and I have no clue what Haye hoped to accomplish by still sparring that close to the fight. To say it was a bone-headed move on Haye’s part is being kind at this point.
Haye was reportedly sparring with 6’6″ Filip Hrgovic when he suffered the cut, according to Sky Sports.
Haye said via Sky “Gutted isn’t even the word. Mentally, I’m on the floor at the moment. I’m devastated most of all for my loyal fans, my family and my team, as well ad Tyson Fury and his team.”
I saw this coming earlier this week when I saw some of the sparring action between Haye and his sparring partners. Haye was going to war with guys much bigger, heavier and in some cases stronger than him, and it was only a matter of tine before he suffered an injury of what kind or another. I’m just surprised that this didn’t take place much easier in his training camp because with some of the big head shots that Haye was taking in the sparring, it was bound to happen that he would suffer a cut.
There’s no telling how long it’s going to take for the cut to heal. If Haye tries to get back in the ring after only 2 weeks, I can see the cut opening up almost immediately when he gets hit by one of Fury’s shots. Haye would then be forced to fight with red blood dripping into his left eye. That would make it even more necessary for Haye to try and get a quick knockout because if he’s fighting with only partial vision, it could be tough on him to win the fight.