Tony Bellew has confirmed his rematch with David Haye, said to be for December 17.
The 34-year-old won the first episode of the ongoing Bellew-Haye saga in March with an 11th round stoppage.
But in the aftermath of the fight, it was unveiled that Haye had spent much of the fight with an injured Achilles, and was later seen with his right leg in a cast.
Tony Bellew has taken David Haye up on his offer to reignite the fire in their rivalry
The 34-year-old has agreed to a rematch with Haye set to take place in London on December 17
Naturally the injury brought forward many opinions and criticisms of the credibility of Bellew’s win, and with the recent rumours of a rematch, Bellew has confirmed the showdown on twitter.
‘I OBLIGE YOU @mrdavidhaye,’ Bellew wrote in capitals. ‘Now leave me alone with my family please. I will see you soon enough.’
On Tuesday, Sportsmail reported that, Bellew – a die-hard Everton supporter – had said that either one of the pair could ‘render the other unconscious’ at any point during a fight, looking ahead to the showdown to be held at the O2 Arena.
Bellew won their previous encounter, stopping Haye in the 11th round in March
‘If it does happen again then it can all end in the first 10 seconds, it really can,’ the Liverpudlian told Betsafe. ‘If I hit him clean with a left hook he’s gone but if he hits me with a big right hand I’m gone too.’
Despite the hatred they claimed to have for each other in the build-up to the bout in March – where Haye even took a swing at Bellew – following Bellew’s victory, it seemed that they had well and truly punched it all out as they embraced with respect after the heavily anticipated fight.
Apparently not though, with Bellew insisting he’regrets’ embracing his opponent at the end of the bout.
A feeling that was clearly mutual as their rivalry continues to blossom with Haye also confirming the arrangements on twitter, as he wrote: ‘It’s taken months of negotiating but teams have finally agreed ALL terms for #HayeBellew2 Will Bellew put pen to paper?! #RevengeOrRepeat’.
It seems that the pair are not quite finished with each other as they continue to reignite the fire in their ongoing rivalry.
But after it was revealed that Haye fought with an injured achilles speculation began to rise
And Haye promptly began to tease his former victor until the fight was finally confirmed
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