Haye & Bellew Sign Rematch For December
Following their first meeting in March of this past year, Tony Bellew and David Haye have signed for a rematch on December 17th.
The rematch will take place at the O2 Arena in London where these two first fought where Bellew won via TKO. During the fight, Haye who was considered the favorite heading into the matchup, injured his Achilles during the course of the fight.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Bellew is all business and unlike the first fight where Haye called Bellew “Sideshow Bob” due to his hairstyle, there is nothing personal between the two.
“I will have the exact same attitude I had going into the first fight – win at all costs. 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. My world has been put into perspective in the last four weeks, it’s been the toughest four weeks of my family’s lives and I will dedicate my victory on December 17 to my late brother-in-law.
Bellew says that age was a factor in the first fight and will be a problem once again for his opponent come December.
“He [Haye] knows how the first fight went. After five rounds, I had him 3-2 up – my plan was never to start strong, as David is a front-runner. He’s dangerous early but he tires quickly and he doesn’t get stronger down the stretch. He’s another year older, the body is more worn and he won’t be able to live with a younger, fresher and more active fighter. He just can’t sustain the tempo and pace once we go past three or four rounds. It’s a very dangerous fight but I am looking forward to it. I love The O2 and I wanted the fight to be there. I call the shots this time.”
Haye much like his opponent was quite confident about his chances of winning, and that he is in much better shape than when they faced earlier in 2017.
“On March 4, the script was thrown out the window and the unpredictability of sport revealed itself in its most raw form.”
“Credit to him, that he’s willing to step back into the lion’s den and do it all over again.”
“He somehow won the lottery in our first fight, but believe me, he won’t win the lottery twice.
“I’ve been training every day for over six months. I already feel fitter, stronger and more athletic than I did for our first showdown! On December 17, I will relish the opportunity to re-write the ending of the Haye-Bellew story.”