Tony Bellew accepts David Haye rematch

Bellew v Haye 20/09/2017

Lawrence Lustig

Tony Bellew has accepted a second fight with David Haye after being urged to sign his portion of the deal.

The former WBC cruiserweight champion had already agreed a date of December 17 at the O2 Arena and has now stated his willingness to finalize those terms.

Haye had put it to Brit rival Bellew via social media that everything was above board and it seems the pair are fully on the same page. 

A World Boxing News initially reported on September 6, Bellew v Haye II was in the pipeline for before Christmas.

After further negotiations, Bellew has gone public with his willingness to accept the fight, which is set to be the Liverpudlian’s second Sunday event on Sky Sports Box Office.

Bellew defeated Ilunga Makabu in a career defining night at Goodison Park in May 2016 and remains undefeated since facing Adonis Stevenson in 2013.

Due to the size factor of both men, coupled with the heavyweight titles currently being tied up, a second fight was the obvious choice and could lead to a trilogy dependent on the result.

As Bellew took the spoils last time, the 33 year-old can expect a bigger slice of the pie for ‘repeat or revenge’ as the pair get the ball rolling on a new build-up to what should be another massive affair in Greenwich, London.

Brit rival Haye was reportedly injured in the build-up to last March’s late stoppage loss to Bellew, but has had surgery on his troublesome achilles and is expected to be 100 percent fit come fight night.