Thursday 22 February 2018

It's on! Tony Bellew and David Haye rematch confirmed

David Haye (left) takes on Tony Bellew during the heavyweight contest at The O2
David Haye (left) takes on Tony Bellew during the heavyweight contest at The O2

Tony Bellew and David Haye have agreed terms for a heavyweight rematch in December.

Bellew stepped up to heavyweight to beat former world champion Haye in London in March, but the fact Haye fought for five of their 11 rounds with a ruptured Achilles left more questions than answers.

There was plenty of bad blood between the pair in the build-up to the first fight and now, with Haye fit again, the pair will have a rematch at the 02 Arena on December 17.

"I will have the exact same attitude I had going into the first fight - win at all costs," said Bellew.

"I will be victorious on December 17 and I will end David Haye's career. Another loss to me closes the curtain on the Hayemaker.

"This isn't personal anymore, it's strictly business. This is just another fight."

Haye - the heavyweight champion between 2009 and 2011 - has rebuilt both his body and his team since the loss to Bellew, with Ismael Salas taking over from Shane McGuigan as his trainer.

He said: "I'm excited to give the public the rematch they truly crave, ever since the explosive first showdown earlier this year. On March 4, the script was thrown out the window and the unpredictability of sport revealed itself in its most raw form.

"He somehow won the lottery in our first fight, but believe me, he won't win the lottery twice."

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