IT’S ON! David Haye will get his chance of revenge when he fights Tony Bellew on Sunday December 17.
The London venue is fully booked for Saturday nights — leaving the sabbath as the only option for the Brit brawlers.
The pair went head-to-head in March earlier this year when Haye suffered a shock defeat.
The ex-world champ snapped his Achilles’ tendon in the sixth round but managed to continue before Bellew triumphed with a knockout in the 11th.
Despite losing the bout last time around, Haye still took home £4.2million from the fight, while Bellew made £2.8m.
And the money on offer for them both to cross paths again was better than they were getting offered elsewhere.
Bellew, speaking to Sky Sports, has vowed to overcome the Bermondsey banger once again and prove his first victory was no fluke.
He said: “I will have the exact same attitude I had going into the first fight.
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“Win at all costs. I will be victorious on December 17 and I will end David Haye’s career. Another loss to me closes the curtain on the Hayemaker.
“This isn’t personal any more, it’s strictly business. This is just another fight. My world has been put into perspective in the last four weeks, it’s been the toughest four weeks of my family’s lives and I will dedicate my victory on December 17 to my late brother-in-law.
“He [Haye] knows how the first fight went. After five rounds, I had him 3-2 up – my plan was never to start strong, as David is a front-runner. He’s dangerous early but he tires quickly and he doesn’t get stronger down the stretch.
“He’s another year older, the body is more worn and he won’t be able to live with a younger, fresher and more active fighter. He just can’t sustain the tempo and pace once we go past three or four rounds.
“It’s a very dangerous fight but I am looking forward to it. I love the O2 and I wanted the fight to be there. I call the shots this time.”
Meanwhile Haye says he feels fitter than ever and insists that Bellew will “not win the lottery twice” against him.
He said: “I’m excited to give the public the rematch they truly crave, ever since the explosive first showdown earlier this year.
“On March 4, the script was thrown out the window and the unpredictability of sport revealed itself in its most raw form. Without question, the Bomber showed great heart, grit and determination to weather the early storm. Credit to him, that he’s willing to step back into the lion’s den and do it all over again.
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“He somehow won the lottery in our first fight, but believe me, he won’t win the lottery twice.
“I’ve been training every day for over six months. I already feel fitter, stronger and more athletic than I did for our first showdown. On December 17, I will relish the opportunity to re-write the ending of the Haye-Bellew story.”
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