FORMER WBA Heavyweight Champion David Haye has got a chance at redemption when he faces former WBC Cruiserweight Champion Tony Bellew for the second time in this year.
Their heated rivalry could be traced back to May 2016 when the ‘Bomber’ knocked out Ilguna Makabu to win the WBC Cruiserweight title and proceeded to call out the ‘Hayemaker’ for a bout at Cruiserweight. Nothing materialised and Bellew successfully defended his belt against BJ Flores before calling Haye out again stating he had been “conning the British public” since his comeback.
Eddie Hearn confirmed a Heavyweight clash would take place between the pair in March and tensions boiled over between the bitter rivals in the press conferences that followed, which included the infamous first press conference in November 2016 where Haye landed a left hook on Bellew.
Bellew finished Haye in an entertaining contest via an 11th round TKO at the 02 Arena in London. Both fighters were injured during the first fight with Haye suffering an ankle problem which ultimately lead to his downfall in the bout and Bellew sustained a broken hand in the early rounds. Bellew was leading on the judges scorecards before the stoppage.
After the fight Haye admitted Bellew was “by far the better fighter” and deserved the win, however he wanted a rematch. Bellew had three options on the table. The first was a title shot against WBO Champion Joesph Parker. The second was another title shot against WBC Champion Deontay Wilder and a rematch with Haye being the third. A fight with Parker seemed to be the Liverpudlian’s main interest.
On September 29th, Eddie Hearn announced the highly anticipated rematch was set for December 17th at the O2 Arena in London again. Bellew stated that fighting Haye was not personal for him anymore and it was just business. However, the ‘Bomber’ has said he plans to make Haye “look like a little girl again” and Haye, on the other hand, says “He won’t win the lottery twice”.
Bellew vs Haye II will be shown exclusively on Sky Sports Box Office.