David Haye has pulled out of his heavyweight bout with Manuel Charr after suffering a hand injury in training.
Haye was set to fight for the first time since stopping fellow Briton Dereck Chisora last July against former world title challenger Charr at the Manchester Arena on 29 June.
But after injuring his left hand on Sunday evening, the 32-year-old yesterday announced that the contest has been postponed and it is not yet clear whether the bout will be re-arranged.
“I’m absolutely gutted to have to pull out,” said the former WBA heavyweight champion. “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 in time. I need to rest it up for at least four weeks.
“I apologise to Manuel Charr and to everybody involved with the promotion. But most of all I want to say sorry to the thousands of fans who bought tickets. I felt it was important to let them know as soon as possible, so they can now make other plans. As soon as I am told I can resume full training, my loyal fans will be the first to know.”