Finally, we have the date!
Tony Bellew and David Haye will have their much-anticipated rematch on Saturday 5 May 2018 at The O2. David Haye pulled out of his rematch with Tony Bellew after injuring his arm falling down stairs. He was forced to go under the knife and is now back in training for the postponed match-up on May 5. Haye mentioned on a couple of occasions that he was left heartbroken not to able to give everyone the ending to 2017 he wanted after his fall, but since then he accepted the situation and tried to remain positive and focus on factors which are within the reach; rehabilitation and rescheduling the fight.
“Everything is good – I’m happy, I’m working and I’m feeling good,” he says. One of the big announcements was that he might consider retiring this year: “2018 is going to be an entertaining year, potentially my last year as a professional athlete. 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 5th, Tony will be faced with a more experienced and more determined opponent.
What we certainly expect is that after spending Christmas with family he will be straight back into camp for a new date. Surely the fans are delighted seeing Haye back in action.
REMATCH AND RETIRE?
Tony Bellew commented he is pleased to “get a new date in the diary and I look forward to giving boxing fans a great night on May 5”. He was looking forward to a great victory in December and a relaxing family Christmas break but he is seeking revenge for keeping his mind still very much on this fight.
“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 5 and I look forward to doing this in what I believe will be an explosive fight.”
The first match kept fans on the edge of their seats throughout the thrilling eleven round battle. The Rematch in May will be no exception because we have already seen Tony bragging about the opportunity to force Haye into retirement. Without question, on Saturday 5th May, we will see both Hayes career and legacy on the line. So on Saturday May 5th, whether you are lucky enough to witness the showcase live or tune in from home on Sky Box Office, you will not be disappointed.
In 2018 the Hayemaker promises once again to give fans the biggest, most explosive, blockbuster fight nights they deserve”.