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David Haye And Tony Bellew's Rematch Has Just Been Officially Announced

30 September 2017

Sky Sports Head of Boxing Adam Smith said: "This is one of the most eagerly anticipated fights in recent times, as arch rivals Tony Bellew and David Haye lock horns again in a pre-Christmas cracker".

"He knows how the first fight went, after five rounds I had him 3-2 up, my plan was never to start strong as David is a front-runner".

Neither fighter has ever been slow in coming forward in figurative terms and the Bomber has now promised that he will do anything to secure the win he thinks will end the former WBA champion's career. Matchroom Boxing confirmed the fight, which had already been discussed by both camps for a couple of weeks, was happening via press release. Haye entered the first fight as the favourite but tore his Achilles tendon in the sixth round before being finished by Bellew, who had stepped up to heavyweight, in the eleventh. David talks an very bad 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.

David Haye And Tony Bellew's Rematch Has Just Been Officially Announced
David Haye And Tony Bellew's Rematch Has Just Been Officially Announced

Bellew had enjoyed recent WBC Cruiserweight title wins against Ilunga Makabu and BJ Flores, but victory over Haye is perhaps his biggest win to date.

This isn't personal anymore, it's strictly business. He's risky early but he tires quickly and he doesn't get stronger down the stretch.

"It's a very risky fight but I am looking forward to it".

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Haye added: 'Last time the script was thrown out the window and the unpredictability of sport revealed itself in its most raw form.

"But I'm telling you now, there will not be a third fight".

"I will have the exact same attitude I had going into the first fight - win at all costs", Bellew said on Friday.

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"I've been training every day for over six months". I will relish the opportunity to re-write the ending of the Haye-Bellew story'.

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David Haye And Tony Bellew's Rematch Has Just Been Officially Announced