DAVID HAYE may have his rematch in opposition to Tony Bellew on Could 5, it has been revealed.
The Hayemaker was compelled to tug out of their scheduled combat this month after struggling a bicep harm.
However the two boxers had been adamant that the combat was not “cancelled”, and merely “postponed”.
And now the date has been set, with Bellew, 35, promising that he’ll lastly “finish” the “Haye chapter”, earlier than taking up Tyson Fury.
Talking about combat evening, Bellew stated: “I’m happy to get a brand new date within the diary and I look ahead to giving boxing followers an ideal evening on Could 5.
“To be sincere I used to be wanting ahead to an ideal victory in December and a soothing household break over Christmas however my thoughts remains to be very a lot on this combat and I’ll punish him for that.
“I now have a really clear plan for 2018 and that’s to knock out Haye after which knock out Tyson ‘Stavros Flatley’ Fury and finish each their careers.
“However first issues first I must rid the game of Haye on Could 5 and I look ahead to doing this in what I imagine shall be an explosive combat.”
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Haye suffered an harm to his bicep after “a freak accident throughout a stair conditioning session”. He was compelled to have surgical procedure.
The 37-year-old added: “I am thrilled to substantiate that The Rematch between myself and Bellew will happen on Saturday fifth Could, returning to The O2 Area.
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“While the first chapter of the Haye vs Bellew saga didn’t go my way, fans were left on the edge of their seats throughout the thrilling eleven round battle.
“The Rematch in May will no doubt eclipse this, Tony has boasted that The Rematch gives him the opportunity to force me into retirement.
“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 learnt 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.
“On Saturday, May 5, whether you are lucky enough to witness the showcase live, or tune in from home on Sky Box Office, you will not be disappointed. I will give fans the ending I have promised.
“In 2018 the Hayemaker will be back and I will once again give fans the biggest, most explosive, blockbuster fight nights they deserve”
Tickets for the original December 17 date are still valid for this event.
Any returned tickets will be returned on general sale via www.theO2.co.uk on Thursday December 14 at midday.