David Haye faces retirement

South London boxer David Haye says he's had surgery on his right shoulder and has been advised to retire.

Tyson Fury bout cancelled

Match against Tyson Fury will be cancelled Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Haye's February 8 match against fellow Brit Tyson Fury will now be cancelled.

It's the second time Haye has had to pull out of the fight; he previously cancelled in September after sustaining an eye injury.

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Haye's 'big plans' dashed

Haye tells fans he didn't think the shoulder injury was so bad initially Credit: David Haye/twitter

In a statement on his website, David 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, something my amazing fans deserve.

"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.”

I'm truly gutted for my fans, says Haye

David Haye 'truly gutted' for fans Credit: David Haye/twitter

The boxer from Bermondsey tweeted this picture of him in a hospital bed last night with the message, 'I am truly gutted for my loyal fans'.

Haye's promoters say he had five hours of surgery in Germany last Thursday to reconstruct his right shoulder and in a statement say:

'[Haye] has since been told to seriously consider ending his glittering 11-year professional boxing career.

The operation was to the right subscapularis and bicep tendon attachments, both of which were ruptured.'