SHOCK and gloom descended over Tony Bellew and his team when they discovered that David Haye was injured and their December 17 fight had been cancelled.
Bellew’s trainer Dave Coldwell spoke exclusively to Boxing News with their reaction. “I’m gutted for Tony I really am. It’s been a hard, hard camp. It’s been very tough on him. There’s no end product for it right now,” he said.
It’s been especially difficult for Bellew, who personally had been mourning the death of his brother-in-law, a close family member, while preparing diligently to repeat a victory over heavyweight David Haye. “He showed immense strength of character. I’ve always had respect for his mental toughness but for him to have just gone through the sessions that we’ve had to, with all that that’s going on, it’s took it to another level,” Coldwell said. “He is an unbelievable professional.”