Joseph Parker’s victory over Hughie Fury on Saturday night could now mean a reshuffle of the rematch between Tony Bellew and David Haye.
Bellew and Haye had been agreed for December 17, as WBN reported in early September, although Parker out-pointing Fury in Manchester at the weekend has stirred the pot considerably.
Promoter Eddie Hearn is said to be mulling over an earlier date for the Bellew v Haye return, whilst looking into the possibility of lobbying the World Boxing Organisation to get Bellew a certain position on the title ladder.
‘The Bomber’ is not currently rated in the Top 15 despite his win over Haye, who was highly ranked at the time when stopped at the O2 Arena in March.
Hearn wants a second fight to put a full stop on the end of Bellew’s feud with Haye, and with that seal the necessary ranking the Liverpool fighter needs to secure a shot at Parker, supposedly in March of next year.
As formalitiies were almost completed between Haye and Bellew, Parker came through his mandatory challenger successfully giving Hearn an ideal angle to completely ditch the second bout due to a full schedule at his favored London venue.
It seems a Sunday is still on the table though as earlier dates now come into play to allow Hearn extra wiggle room to work through a deal between Bellew and Parker’s team for the spring.
Sky Sports Box Office are currently holding December 10 and December 17 dates for Bellew v Haye II, either of which would mean another massive fight event for fans to enjoy on the day of rest.
WBN has been informed previously that both Bellew and Haye have agreements in place with Duco Events to be Parker’s next foe, although the latter’s previous loss means he’d have to gain revenge before securing any title shot.
An official announcement on Bellew v Haye II is expected to made soon, maybe even on Saturday night at the Echo Arena – but certainly by the first week of October, in order to give sufficient time to prepare for both participants.
Dependent on the eventual victor of the Bellew / Haye / Parker triangle, Anthony Joshua waits in the wings for a summer blockbuster at Wembley Stadium.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay