Press Release: The rematch between Tony Bellew and David Haye will take place on Saturday May 5, 2018 at The O2 arena in London, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Haye and Bellew were set to renew hostilities on December 17th, but the fight was postponed after David Haye injured his bicep. Bellew, who won their first encounter, commented, “I’m pleased to get a new date in the diary and I look forward to giving boxing fans a great night on May 5th. 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."
Bellew continued, "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 but first things first. I need to rid the sport of David Haye on May 5th and I look forward to doing this in what I believe will be an explosive fight.”
Haye commented, “I’m thrilled to confirm that The Rematch between myself and Tony Bellew will take place on Saturday 5th May, returning to The O2 Arena. Whilst the first chapter of the Haye 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 May 5th with both my career and legacy on the line.
Haye continued, "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 5th, Tony will be faced with a more experienced and more determined opponent. 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 17th December date are still valid for this event. If you require a refund, please contact your point of purchase.
Any returned tickets will be returned on general sale via www.theO2.co.uk on Thursday 14th December at midday