Tony Bellew has vowed to end David Haye’s boxing career after it was confirmed that the bitter heavyweight rivals will fight again, on December 17 at London’s O2 Arena.
The pair will touch gloves a week before Christmas – on a Sunday – nine months after Bellew stopped Haye in the same venue.
Back in March, the ‘Bomber’ shocked the boxing world with a TKO win – and Bellew is confident he will again execute the perfect plan to settle his feud with Haye once and for all.
Tony Bellew says his feud with David Haye ‘isn’t personal anymore, it’s strictly business’
Bellew and Haye will go at it once more on December 17 – live on Sky Sports Box Office
Bellew says a repeat win will end Haye’s career which is precisely what he intends to do
I’m happy this is taking place, its what everyone is clamouring for,’ he 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.
The Liverpudlian believes another win over ‘Hayemaker’ will open even more doors for him
Bellew has given up his WBC cruiserweight title to remain in the blue riband division
‘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.’
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 contest with an injured achilles, and was later seen with his right leg in a cast.
Earlier this month, 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.
Haye picked up an Achilles injury midway through the fight but he is ready to return to the ring
Bellew won their previous encounter, stopping Haye in the 11th round in March
The Bomber says that he now regrets embracing his opponent after the 11th-round stoppage
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 – 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.
The Liverpudlian has given up his WBC cruiserweight title to remain in the blue riband division and knows another win over ‘Hayemaker’ will open even more doors.
He added: ‘I will have the exact same attitude I had going into the first fight – win at all costs. 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. My world has been put into perspective in the last four weeks, it’s been the toughest four weeks of my family’s lives and I will dedicate my victory on December 17 to my late brother-in-law.’