Josh Kelly’s next bout has been placed firmly on hold as David Haye postponed his rematch against Tony Bellew with an arm injury.

The Sunderland born puncher was looking to build on recent run of impressive performances by fighting on Sky Sports Box Office event once again.

But Kelly’s plans were foiled when Haye announced yet another injury, this time to his bicep after the former heavyweight champion fell down the stairs.

“I instinctively grabbed the bannister to stop myself toppling down the stairwell, in doing so I somehow managed to damage my bicep in the process,” explained Haye.

“I would like to apologise to Tony, his family and his training team, as well as all our fans who have been left disappointed.”

But “Pretty Boy” Kelly will be sorely disappointed at having the chance to step up his pro career in just his fifth pro fight snatched away.

A blistering victory over José Luis Zúñiga in the second round of their international welterweight contest in Belfast last brought high praise from Eddie Hearn.

The Matchroom boss stated the Sunderland slugger would box a world top 30 fighter at the London venue.

It has been rumoured that Matchroom will attempt to reschedule towards the end of March so Kelly will have to patient if he is to have a shot at a top 30 fighter.

Although trainer Adam Booth may attempt to arrange an alternative fight before the year is out as to ensure the pairs training does not go to waste.