Bellew v Haye II: Booked dates a sticking point for December return

Phil Jay 07/09/2017


As WBN reported on Tuesday, Tony Bellew and David Haye are on course to rematch in December in a bid to settle their differences once and for all.

During a press conference to announce his Hayemaker Boxing debut as a promoter on Oct 20 in London, Haye gave little away on what WBN believes are well advanced talks for the former world heavyweight champion to attempt revenge over his British rival.

All Haye did say was that he will be back in action this December on the back of suffering his first loss against Bellew since a failed bid to dethrone Wladimir Klitschko in Germany back in 2011.

“The achilles healed nicely. I’m hopping on one leg I’m running, I’m in a good physical state,” Haye exclusively told World Boxing News’ lead writer Joe Hewlett at the press conference.

“I’ll be fighting before the end of the year that’s my plan, it has been since the operation and I’ll be fighting before the end of the year and things are shaping up nicely for December,” he added.

As for possible dates, December 9 and 16 were the most likely right off the bat, although pre-bookings at the preferred venue of the O2 Arena mean promoter Eddie Hearn may be forced to look elsewhere or perhaps go for the more unconventional as he has done before.

Bellew fought on a Sunday previously when facing Ilunga Makabu at Goodison Park on May 29, 2016 and may once again agree to do the same for the sake of keeping everybody sweet and retaining the contest in the UK capital.

That leaves December 10 and December 17 as alternatives for a Bellew v Haye II Pay-Per-View event, and which could be explored before Hearn turns to the unlikely scenario of taking the fight outside London.

Manchester Arena is already booked up for Saturday’s on the 9th and 16th of December, so that means looking once again at the O2 Arena and either picking a Friday (if any are available) or the Sunday as mentioned.

Hearn also has to consider any date given by Sky Sports Box Office for the contest, which has largely been delayed due to negotiation issues between Bellew and Haye, who are still thought tol be unwilling to give ground on some fight stipulations.

Who comes in first, whose name is first in the promotion and other similar battlegrounds have to be ironed out, although with Bellew claiming victory in the first contest, it may be a hesitant Haye who has to back down this time.

More will be revealed in the next week to ten days as Hearn, Bellew and Haye attempt to piece together another lucrative night for all concerned in 2017.

Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay