David Haye tweeted yesterday that terms had been agreed for a rematch against Tony Bellew. The Bermondsey born 36 year old has been looking to set the record straight against Bellew.
This is because their first bout ended in disaster for him due to an injury and now it seems his wish may have been granted after months of negotiations. He claims Bellew, 34, has not only verbally agreed to the rematch but that he has also put pen to paper meaning the heavyweight clash will go ahead.
The first bout between the pair really captured the imagination. There was a great rivalry between the pair as you’d expect as both boxers like to do a lot of talking. Both The Hayemaker and Tony “Bomber” Bellew had forged great careers in the cruiserweight division, with the former going on to become the WBA Heavyweight Champion of the world in only his second bout at the weight. Bellew was seen as the huge underdog as it was his first time boxing at heavyweight, with Haye already having fought nine times in the division.
Remarkably, it was Bomber Bellew who came out on top in the fight but it wasn’t without controversy as you’d expect. From the first bell, things didn’t seem to go to plan for The Hayemaker, especially after he had predicted that he would knock Bellew out early doors. Bellew was comfortably on top in the first three rounds with Haye starting to claw his way back in during the fourth. It was in the sixth round when drama struck and gave cause for a potential rematch between the pair.
Haye seemed to slip due to a serious Achilles injury but in typical Haye fashion, he wasn’t going to give up. The Hayemaker was practically stumbling around the ring with Bellew practically fighting a sitting duck. Haye could hardly throw a punch and it became when and not if in regard to Bellew winning the bout. It took him until the 11th round to finally finish an incapacitated Haye off, who to be honest, had not been in the fight since round six. So you can see why Haye wants a rematch and to put the record straight.
It’s rumoured that the heavyweight bout will go ahead on the 17th of December at the O2 Arena in London but so far there has not been any official announcements to confirm the fight will go ahead. Promoter Eddie Hearn is hopeful the deal will be all agreed imminently but said that up to now it wasn’t the case from Bellew’s side.
Bellew looked good before Haye’s Achilles injury in the original fight so it will be interesting to see whether him no longer being seen as the underdog will have any bearing on the outcome of the rematch. Haye wants to set the record straight but will his Achilles hold up or will he come a cropper once again?