David Haye suffered a cut above his left eye while training last Friday and will be unable to face Tyson Fury next weekend.

Haye (26-2, 24 KOs) was preparing to throw fists with the 25-year-old Fury (21-0, 15 KOs) on September 28 at the Manchester Arena in North West England.

“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 as Tyson Fury and his team,” said Haye, 32, a former WBA heavyweight champion who required six stitches to close the gash. “To everyone who has bought tickets, booked hotels, and followed this fight since it was announced, there is absolutely nothing I can do except apologize from the very bottom of my heart.”

Although not exactly akin to Muhammad Ali versus Joe Frazier, a bout pitting Fury against Haye was intriguing and destined to become the biggest match on British soil in decades.

In comparison to other pugilists in the substandard heavyweight division, the two blokes have some talent and are exciting to watch perform.

Unfortunately, due to an irresponsible decision to spar a week prior to a prizefight, Haye is “on the floor” without ever being touched by the 6-foot-9, 257 pound Fury.

Ideally, the scrap will be rescheduled and the 6-foot-3, 212 pound Haye can manage to knock Fury onto Queer Street.

However, considering the sport, David Haye and Tyson Fury will likely never battle and “loyal fans” will be left “devastated.”

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