David Haye pulls out of Manuel Charr bout through injury

Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye has pulled out of his proposed 29 June bout with Manuel Charr due to a hand injury sustained in training.

The Briton had hoped a strong showing against Lebanon-born German Charr, 28, would help set up a world title fight with one of the Klitschko brothers.

David Haye's career

  • 2001: Loses to Cuban Odlanier Solis in the final of the World Amateur Championships in Belfast
  • 2002: Wins first fight as a professional against Tony Booth
  • 2004: Loses for the first time against former WBO champion Carl Thompson
  • 2005: Beats Alexander Gurov for EBU cruiserweight belt
  • 2007: Wins WBC cruiserweight title against Jean-Marc Mormeck
  • 2008: Wins WBO title against Enzo Maccarinelli and announces he is moving up to heavyweight
  • 2009: Beats WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev on points
  • 2010: Defends title against American John Ruiz in April
  • 2011: Loses to Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg in July
  • 2011: Retires on his 31st birthday in October
  • 2012: Brawls with Dereck Chisora in Munich media conference in February
  • 2012: Knocks out Chisora in east London bout in July

It is not yet clear whether the fight, which was scheduled for the Manchester Arena, will be rearranged.

"I'm absolutely gutted to have to pull out of this fight," said Haye, 32.

"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, who has injured his left hand, has not fought since beating Dereck Chisora last July.

He announced his retirement in October 2011 several months after losing his WBA belt when he was outpointed by Ukrainian Wladimir Klitscho in Germany, and subsequently retired from the sport.

Haye reversed that decision to fight Chisora before revealing in March that he would fight again.

He previously won the WBA belt by beating giant Russian Nikolay Valuev on points in Germany in November 2009.