Former WBA Heavyweight World Champion David Haye has been forced to pull out of his fight with Manuel Charr due to a hand injury sustained in training for the contest set for June 29.
The fight was to mark the return of Haye to the heavyweight division following almost a year out since his last fight. The Bermondsey puncher, who was also a unified world champion at cruiserweight said;
"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 in time.
"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 to the fight. I felt it was important to let them know about the cancellation 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."
Haye has had his fair share of injuries including a back strain that led to him pulling out of a fight with Wladimir Klitchsko in 2009. He later challenged the Ukrainian in 2011.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed that all tickets will be fully refunded and the undercard will still go ahead but at a different venue.