Former two-weight world title holder David Haye admits his career will be over should he suffer another loss at the hands of Tony Bellew on May 5 but is fully determined to secure redemption.
Haye, 37, will have been out of action for another 14 months by the time he shares the ring with Bellew again at The O2 Arena and has promised fans he will return to his former glories.
“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,” said Haye.
“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 Saturday 5th May with both my career and legacy on the line.
“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.
“On Saturday 5th May, 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.”
On what his future may hold, Haye added: “In 2018 the Hayemaker will be back and I will once again give fans the biggest, most explosive, blockbuster fight nights they deserve,”
Three bouts in what will be six years next spring points to Haye needing to be 100% fit to stand any chance of overthrowing Bellew following numerous serious injury problems dogging the veteran’s later career.