Tony Bellew shook up British boxing by beating David Haye at the O2 Arena in London in March, and now the pair are set to go toe-to-toe again on 17th December.
The Liverpool fighter was widely disregarded before the previous encounter, but the fight was a stalemate until the all-important sixth round when Haye ruptured his Achilles tendon. Relentless pressure from Bellew followed, before Haye’s corner finally threw in the towel in the 11th round after the Londoner had only just managed to get back to his feet after the count.
Haye was commended for his bravery after the bout, with the 37-year-old fighter barely able to walk after sustaining the injury.
So, while Tony Bellew showed he is more than capable of competing in the ring with Haye, the key question is: who will come out on top between the two fighters when they’re both fit? Or, more importantly: can David Haye – who has a torrid injury record – even stay fit enough to go 12 rounds?
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Haye again goes into this contest as favourite, although Bellew is a much shorter 2/1 shot the second time around, rather than the 5/1 price that the passionate Evertonian was given prior to the original bout. Plenty of free bet offers on the fight are also likely to spring up from bookmakers in the build-up to the rematch.
The Achilles injury is also “100% healed” and feeling “stronger than ever” according to Haye, who also said he will be wearing specially made shoes to protect the old injury – which resulted in Bellew retorting that if the injury is completely healed and stronger than ever, why does he need protective shoes?
A win for the former WBA Heavyweight champion is also crucial if he wants any chance of achieving his very wishful goal of facing Heavyweight’s golden boy, Anthony Joshua, in the future. Bellew, on the contrary, insists he has no interest in a fight with the reigning WBA and IBF champion, admitting, “Anthony is just too big”.