By Richard Cawley
David Haye is determined to gain revenge on Tony Bellew in Saturday night’s heavyweight rematch at Greenwich’s 02 Arena – admitting another defeat to the Liverpudlian would tarnish his ring legacy.
The Hayemaker, a two-weight world champion, ruptured his Achilles in the first meeting between the two men but boxed on for a further five rounds before he corner pulled him out in the 11th round.
An initial date of December for Haye-Bellew II had to be postponed after the Bermondsey-raised puncher suffered an arm injury in training.
“They say you are only as good as your last fight and that was an 11th-round stoppage loss to Tony Bellew – that doesn’t sit right,” said Haye. “That is probably the worst finish to any career I could have. It would be a real big smudge on my resume. I would be very, very disappointed and feel I had undone all the great nights over the year – the world title fights at cruiserweight and heavyweight.
“Everything is on the line – my reputation, my whole soul is on the line and I will not allow Tony Bellew to get that win.”
Please support your local paper by making a donation
Please make cheques payable to “MSI Media Limited” and send by post to South London Press, Unit 112, 160 Bromley Road, Catford, London SE6 2NZ
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has encouraged everyone in the country who can afford to do so to buy a newspaper, and told the Downing Street press briefing recently: “A free country needs a free press, and the newspapers of our country are under significant financial pressure”.
So if you have enjoyed reading this story, and if you can afford to do so, we would be so grateful if you can buy our newspaper or make a donation, which will allow us to continue to bring stories like this one to you both in print and online.