Tyson Fury’s British heavyweight superfight with David Haye is off for a second time with the former WBA champion facing retirement after shoulder reconstruction surgery.
Their February 8 clash at the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester has been cancelled after two-weight world champion Haye underwent a five-hour operation in Germany on Thursday.
It comes after their original September 28 date was scrapped when the Hayemaker picked up a cut in sparring eight days before the fight.
The news has left Morecambe’s unbeaten giant raging but came as no surprise to him or his uncle and trainer Peter Fury.
Tyson said: “I’m absolutely furious but in all honest this is exactly what I expected.
“Everyone knows I was very suspicious when he pulled out the first time and this confirms to me that he’s always been afraid of me and never wanted this fight.”
Uncle Peter said: “From the moment Haye postponed in September, it was obvious this fight wasn’t going to happen.
“The public have been duped. Tyson will fight someone else in February.
“We’ll get the show back on the road and we’re glad we don’t have to do business with these people ever again.”
Peter said American knockout artist Deontay Wilder, the unbeaten Bryant Jennings, former world title challenger Chris Arreola and mandatory WBC title challenger Bermane Stiverne were possible opponents for February 8.
In a statement Haye said: “I genuinely believed the shoulder injury wasn’t that bad.
“But the doctor sent me for a detailed MRI scan and within 24 hours I was told the full extent of the damage. Twenty-four hours after that I was in the operating theatre.
“It’s a crushing blow for me. I had big plans for next year and the ultimate goal was to win back the world heavyweight title.
“What I didn’t anticipate was that this year would be the unluckiest of my career and that a number of injuries would disrupt my plans so much.
“Perhaps it just wasn’t meant to be. The boxing Gods keep hinting that maybe enough is enough and that it’s time to finally hang up my gloves.”