Tony Bellew vs. David Haye 2 has been rescheduled for May 5th at London’s O2 Arena, it was announced today.
The heavyweight rematch was originally scheduled to go down on December 17th at the same venue, but Haye suffered a bicep injury when he reached out to grab a nearby railing to save himself from falling during a round of stairwell sprints last month and was forced to withdraw from the highly-anticipated contest. Haye subsequently underwent surgery and is currently in the rehabilitation stage of his recovery process.
The warring pair first met in April of 2017, when Bellew caused a massive upset by stopping Haye in the 11th round of a dramatic contest. An Achilles injury that Haye, a former world cruiserweight champion and WBA heavyweight titlist, suffered in the sixth was a major contributing factor to his demise, however.
Bellew, who is a former WBC cruiserweight titleholder, told the media today that a win over Haye will be just the first step in his ambitious plan for next year.
“I now have a very clear plan for 2018 and that is to knock out David Haye, and then knock out Tyson ‘Stavros Flatley’ Fury and end both their careers,” said the Liverpudlian(via Sky Sports).
Haye, who returned to the ring in January of 2016 following an absence of over three years and pieced together a three-fight winning run before falling to Bellew, also spoke of big plans for next year, although he was a little vague rabout what exactly those plans entail.
“In 2018, ‘The Hayemaker’ will be back and I will once again give fans the biggest, most explosive, blockbuster fight nights they deserve,” said the Londoner.
Haye reportedly earned over £4 million for the first fight and Bellew almost £3 million. The rematch promises to be another lucrative outing for both, but in an increasingly interesting division, the winner will also have the opportunity to make yet further mega paydays.