David Haye and Tony Bellew have agreed terms for a heavyweight re-match at London’s 02 Arena on December 17.
It is understood Bellew will again earn the highest purse of his career, having done so for their dramatic fight in March which represented his first fight at heavyweight and which he unexpectedly won.
Haye ruptured his Achilles in the sixth round, before which the fight had been largely competitive, but struggled to maintain his balance thereafter and survive until the 11th round stoppage, when then-trainer Shane McGuigan threw in the towel.
He has since replaced McGuigan with Cuba’s Ismael Salas and recovered his fitness, and even promotes a Hayemaker Ringstar bill at London’s Indigo at The 02 on October 20.
Bellew’s trainer Dave Coldwell had wanted his fighter to retire after a win that remains considered the finest of his career, but a re-match has proved too lucrative an option to turn down.
“I’m happy this is taking place, its what everyone is clamouring for,” Bellew told Sky Sports.
“I’m going to turn up and prevail once again; it’s been a long time coming and I’m just happy it’s happening.
“I don’t need it but i said I would do it again. David talks an awful lot and there have been so many things that have gone on in the negotiations, but when it comes down to it, I will end David Haye’s career.
“A second loss to me will close the door on his career; my style is all wrong for David Haye.
“I wont be the favourite, it’s the fat guy against the body beautiful David Haye so I’ll always be the underdog. But I proved the world wrong last time and I’ll do it again.”
Haye similarly needs to rebuild his reputation to pursue his plan of challenging Anthony Joshua.
The rivals remain on bad terms. In June Haye was fined £25,000 by the British Boxing Board of Control for his behaviour in the build-up to March’s fight, in which he repeatedly made graphic threats that he admitted brought the sport into disrepute.
Source : BirminghamMail