Fight News reported Sunday that David Haye underwent shoulder surgery last week and will be unable to face Tyson Fury on February 8 at The Phones 4U Arena in Manchester.

The 33-year-old Haye (26-2, 24 KOs) was initially slated to throw fists with Fury (21-0, 15 KOs) at the same venue in September.

Unfortunately, a few weeks before their tussle, Haye suffered a cut above his left eye while training and was deemed unfit to battle Fury.

“I’m absolutely furious. But, in all honesty, this is exactly what I expected,” said Fury, 25, who most recently exited the squared circle on April 20 with a seventh round knockout victory over American Steve Cunningham. “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.”

An arrogant loudmouth who was reinstated to compete by the WBC last summer, the 6-foot-3, 212 pound Haye returned from “retirement” in July 2012 and earned a rousing fifth round TKO triumph over Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora.

Prior to meeting Chisora (18-4, 12 KOs), the brash bloke hadn’t fought since a cowardly showing against Wladimir Klitschko in July 2011.

Although not exactly akin to Muhammad Ali versus Joe Frazier, a bout pitting the 6-foot-9, 257 pound Fury against Haye would have been intriguing and destined to become the biggest match on British soil in decades.

However, the scrap is now forever nixed and "The Hayemaker" must explain why he never previously mentioned a shoulder ailment.

Haye’s credibility is beyond tarnished and it certainly seems like the former WBA heavyweight champion “never wanted this fight.”

Ultimately, as pathetic as it sounds, David Haye may have “always been afraid of” Tyson Fury.

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