The O2 Arena is fully booked on Saturday evenings for the rest of the year, but the highly-anticipated rematch between heavyweights Tony Bellew and David Haye will not be delayed.
According to The Sun, the fight will be held at the London venue on Sunday, December 10.
Bellew (29-2-1, 19 KO’s), a former cruiserweight world champion, pulled off the stunning upset and perhaps the biggest win of his career when he stopped an injured Haye in the 11th round in March.
Haye (28-3, 26 KO’s) fought for half the night with a ruptured Achilles tendon and showed incredible heart by attempting to stay in the mix, though he staggered around the ring like a drunk man.
Ultimately, his injuries proved to be too much to overcome, as Bellew dropped him in the sixth and knocked him through the ropes in the 11th round before ex-trainer Shane McGuigan threw in the towel.
Now that the rematch is official, Bellew, 34, of Liverpool, is raking in the opportunity to hype the bout.
“He [Haye] said certain things that were wrong and disgusting. David’s not my kind of person. I respect him as an athlete, but I don’t have to like the guy,” Bellew said. “He’s an amazing fighter, but when it comes to being a person, he’s forgot himself, and is a bit of an a******.”
Haye, who made around $5 million USD compared to Bellew’s $3.3 million USD in defeat, pondered retirement, but decided to give it another go, even brushing aside his own girlfriend’s suggestion to hang up the gloves.
“I said [to myself] ‘I can do more,’” Haye stated. “I’m getting better as I get older and I don’t want to walk away and think, ‘Imagine if I would have fought him.’ I’ve still got a lot of fight in me.”
Bellew, who hurt his right knee in training camp and broke his right hand early in the fight, also considered retirement, but his burning desire to become heavyweight champion of the world was impenetrable.