Bellew-Haye Rematch Rescheduled - May 5, 02 Arena in London

By Keith Idec

Tony Bellew will have to wait five more months to prove his upset of David Haye wasn’t a fluke caused by Haye’s Achilles’ injury.

Promoter Eddie Hearn announced Tuesday that their rematch has been rescheduled for May 5 at 02 Arena in London. The British rivals were supposed to square off again December 17 at 02 Arena, but their rematch was postponed two weeks ago, when Haye revealed he suffered yet another injury, this time a torn left biceps in what he called “a freak accident” during a conditioning session on stairs.

“I’m pleased to get a new date in the diary and I look forward to giving boxing fans a great night on May 5,” Bellew told Sky Sports. “To be honest, I was looking forward to a great victory in December and a relaxing family break over Christmas. But my mind is still very much on this fight and I will punish him for that.”

haye-bellew-fight (13)_1

Bellew beat Haye, an injury-plagued former WBA heavyweight champion, by 11th-round technical knockout March 4 at 02 Arena. The 37-year-old Haye suffered a ruptured right Achilles’ tendon in the sixth round, though, and was hobbled for the remainder of their fight.

The 35-year-old Bellew (29-2-1, 19 KOs), who endured a broken right hand on his way to winning that bout, dropped Haye (28-3, 26 KOs) once apiece in the sixth and 11th rounds before it was stopped. The former WBC cruiserweight champion wants to produce an even more convincing victory in their rematch.

“I now have a very clear plan for 2018 and that is to knock out David Haye,” Bellew said, “and then knock out Tyson ‘Stavros Flatley’ Fury, and end both their careers.

“But first thing’s first. I need to rid the sport of David Haye on May 5, and I look forward to doing this in what I believe will be an explosive fight.”

Haye underwent surgery two weeks ago to repair his biceps injury and should be able to resume training following six weeks of rehabilitation.

“Tony has boasted that the rematch gives him the opportunity to force me into retirement,” Haye said. “Unquestionably, I step into the ring on Saturday, May 5, with both my career and legacy on the line. After my freak accident down a stairwell last month, I was heartbroken not to give everyone the ending to 2017 I wanted. Since then I had to accept the cards I had been dealt, remain positive and focus on factors which are within my control – rehabilitation and rescheduling the fight.

“Over the past five years, I’ve had a number of challenges to overcome, but learned often during times of adversity we learn and grow. As a result, come May 5, Tony will be faced with a more experienced and more determined opponent.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by kushking on 12-05-2017

If only the heavyweight division wasn't so mediocre & unskilled as it is currently. I know in a lot of ways it sounds like an oxymoron when I say that the current top 5 contenders(non champs) in every orgs rankings…

Comment by Sadiqkingofko on 12-05-2017

hopefully Haye can get revenge and retire, maybe fight Manuel Charr so he can retire as a champ

Comment by The Madison on 12-05-2017

whats the point lol

Comment by Beercules on 12-05-2017

[QUOTE=Szef;18295957]They need to bubble wrap Haye on the first day of the camp and keep him that way until he's being given instructions by the referee in the ring right before the fight.[/QUOTE] :lol1: :lol1:

Comment by Deontay Wilder on 12-05-2017


Post a Comment - View More User Comments (17)
Top Headlines Chavez Sr: Canelo-Golovkin Has High Possibility of KO Ending Deontay Wilder: The Fury Fight is Real, The Fury Fight is On Photos: Cancio-Zenunaj, Kamegai-Vendetti - ESPN Weigh-In Verdejo: Chemistry With Cotto is Very Good, I'm Eager To Fight Joe Joyce Excited With Al Haymon Deal, Plans U.S. Debut Subriel Matias, Breidis Prescott - Face To Face in Puerto Rico Tyson Fury Reveals Secret Meeting With Bellew, Hearn's Plan Photos: Jesse Hart vs. Gavronski, Shakur Stevenson Final Presser Jon Fernandez vs. O’Shaquie Foster Tops ShoBox Triple, Sept. 21 Photos: Bryant Jennings, Alexander Dimitrenko - Face To Face Canelo: One-Year Layoff Won’t Affect Me At All Against Golovkin Porter Has Serious Doubts That Danny Garcia Will Go Toe To Toe Selina Barrios vs. Patricia Juarez on September 22 in Texas Tyson Fury: Joshua Wouldn't Fight Me For Any Amount Of Money Photos: Carl Frampton, Luke Jackson - Final Press Conference Jackson, Coach Inspired By Alvarez's Knockout of Kovalev Photos: Shawn Porter Putting in Work For Danny Garcia Eddie Gomez Signs With Split-T Management Kubrat Pulev Claims To Be Free, Parts Ways With Team Sauerland Carl Frampton, Luke Jackson Go Face To Face at Final Presser Mladen Miljas Inks Promotional Pact With Greg Cohen Joshua Ordered By WBO To Make Mandatory After Povetkin McCrory Believes Tyson Fury Was Victim of a Press Campaign Warren: Real Answer Is Joshua's Team Doesn't Want Wilder Fight De La Hoya: GGG's Mexican Style A Gimmick; Canelo's Fans Loyal Doheny Upsets Iwasa; Wins Unanimous Decision, IBF Title Haye Backs Tyson Fury: I Hope He Gets Back To Former Glory Luke Jackson Very Confident: Boxing Has Been My Parents! Cummings Insists He Can Reach The Top, No Excuses For Defeat Tyson Fury: I Have To Raise My Game To Win a World Title De La Hoya: Canelo Beat Golovkin 115-113, GGG Can't Adjust! Doheny: Iwasa May Have Reach Advantage, But I Have The Power Rosales vs. Barnes and The Ongoing Flyweight Reset De La Hoya: Hopkins Will Cheer Canelo To Derail Record Attempt Jesus Rojas May Face Can Xu in Year-End Title Defense Yunier Dorticos Still Wants Revenge on Gassiev, Plots Return Canelo: I'll Look to KO Golovkin From Very First Round of Rematch Oleksandr Teslenko, Nicholson, Ivan Golub in Action in AC Devin Haney vs. Juan Carlos Burgos on September 28, ShoBox Photos: Bryant Jennings, Hart, Dimitrenko, Stevenson - Workouts

Latest Active Forum Threads