BELLEW-HAYE II IS ON
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.”
ROLLERCOASTER: Bellew thumps a fading Haye along the ropes in their first fight