Bellew and Haye set date for se­quel

Sport360 - - Golf/ Boxing News - By De­clan War­ring­ton @decwar­ring­ton

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, a rare Sun­day night for a ma­jor bout.

“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.”

We go again: Bel­low and Haye.

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