As World Boxing News revealed on September 6 of this year, heavyweights Tony Bellew and David Haye are set to rematch in December at The O2.
Initially, WBN stated the fight was agreed between both parties and close to being announced before a follow-up on dates then put the spotlight on a possible Sunday fight.
An extract from the WBN article, ‘Bellew v Haye II on the horizon, heading for December date‘ from September 6, 2017 read: David Haye and Tony Bellew look set to meet this December in a high-profile rematch despite promoter Eddie Hearn stating a deal was dead in the water.
Last month, the Matchroom boss said he’d given up on making the fight, although WBN understands a massive u-turn in negotiations has meant an agreement was possible.
Despite those frustrations for Hearn and all concerned, an announcement on the second fight could be made as early as next week, with the return likely to head back to the O2 Arena for a date before the Christmas holiday period.
On September 7, the update, ‘Bellew v Haye II: Booked dates a sticking point for December return‘ stated: 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.
At at press conference around that time, Haye told WBN he was ready to go for December.
“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.
“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.
Bellew defeated Haye in a disputed win back in March and both fighters really had nowhere else to go with their careers.
WBN has had it on good authority the fight will now go ahead on December 17 at the O2 Arena for a short while and Bellew v Haye II could be announced formally in the coming days.
Sky Sports Box Office are on board and boxing fans can look forward to another Sunday helping of massive boxing action.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay