BELLEW-HAYE II IS ON

Boxing News - - The Week -

FRI­DAY Septem­ber 29, 2017

THE an­nounce­ment that heavy­weights Tony Bellew and David Haye will clash in a re­match on Sun­day De­cem­ber 17 at the O2 Arena gets some­thing of a mixed re­cep­tion among fans.

Un­der­dog Bellew, 34, won their first en­counter, a gen­uine grudge match, in March in the 11th round after Haye snapped his Achilles in the sixth.

The re­match makes fi­nan­cial sense, of course. The first bout, scrappy but ex­cit­ing, did big busi­ness on Sky Sports Box Of­fice. But whether Haye’s body – which has been steadily break­ing down for years – is re­ally equipped for an­other pay-per-view out­ing is a dif­fer­ent mat­ter en­tirely.

“I’ve been train­ing ev­ery day for over six months,” coun­ters Haye. “I al­ready feel fit­ter, stronger and more ath­letic than I did for our first show­down.”

Bellew adds: “I will have the ex­act same at­ti­tude I had go­ing into the first fight – win at all costs. I will end David Haye’s ca­reer.”

Photo: AC­TION IMAGES/AN­DREW COULDRIDGE

ROLLER­COASTER: Bellew thumps a fad­ing Haye along the ropes in their first fight

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