Haye is Shocked Bellew Agreed To Rematch, Unsure of Reason

David Haye has questioned Tony Bellew's motivation ahead of their December 17 rematch, believing the money the Liverpudlian has earned means he has no need to fight on.

Bellew was paid the biggest purse of his career when they first fought in March, and revealed that after his unexpected win he seriously considered retirement.

Former world heavyweight champion Haye has earned even more than his rival during a decorated career, but insists that unlike the younger fighter, he is still active to prove he is the world's best.

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He requires victory at London's 02 Arena if he is to succeed in his ultimate aim of challenging reigning IBF, IBO and WBA champion Anthony Joshua.

"Before the first fight, he wanted to secure his family (financially)," said Haye.

"I know what he got paid for that first fight and, mission completed, he's financially secure for the rest of his life. He's a multi-millionaire.

"What are his motivations? I didn't believe I'd get this opportunity again, but for some reason he wants to.

"He's said on numerous occasions how dangerous boxing is."

Haye and Bellew met at the Greenwich venue in March this year and served up an explosive encounter which left fans on their edge of their seats. Both fighters had their moments in a thrilling 11 round contest. Haye bravely fought on despite fully rupturing his Achilles in the sixth round, Bellew was victorious after Haye’s team eventually threw the towel in.

Tickets went on sale on Wednesday October 4 at midday to O2 Priority members at Tickets went on sale on Thursday October 5 at midday to Matchroom Fight Pass members – an announcement on this will be made soon: and the venue and AXS pre-sale before tickets go on general sale at

Tickets go on general sale on Friday October 6 at midday from and on 0844 856 0202. Tickets are priced £60, £80, £100, £150, £200, £300 and £500. Inner Ringside VIP tickets are priced from £1000, £2000 and £3000.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ray* on 10-06-2017

Money Money Money...........Moneyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

Comment by mrbigshot on 10-06-2017

Haye should win, but the guy does not have it physically anymore I think last time he mentally underestimated bellew but this time he will be more switiched on Don’t really care about the fight it’s a cash grab by…

Comment by Sadiqkingofko on 10-05-2017

Money, Haye was beating him easy in the first 5 rounds before his injury, and managed to stay 6 rounds on one foot

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Comment by Heromaker on 10-05-2017

Well Haye looked terrible in the last fight even before his injury. He is way to heavy now and has lost his foot speed altogether. He has no chance against elite fighters. Bellew might even beat him. Bellew was scared…

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