Former WBC cruiserweight champion insists he battered David Haye into submission in their first fight after signing on for a second helping on December 17 at the same venue.
‘The Bomber’ heads back to the scene of his heavyweight debut at The O2 Arena in a bid to silence those who question his initial victory due to Haye suffering a serious achilles injury.
Haye expected Bellew to walk away with his career-high purse from last March when addressing the issue at the recent press conference, even referring to the Liverpool man’s triumph as ‘robbing a bank’.
In direct response, Bellew said: “To answer your question, what motivates me. The same thing that motivates me the first time, to get home safely. Believe it or not, I actually enjoy fighting,” said Bellew.
“I admit I have a screw loose, but I actually enjoy a fight. Fight night, I love it. I love punching you in the face. I love being punched in the face. I don’t know why. The motivation is still exactly the same as it was in the first fight.
“You must have run out of insults or nicknames for me. I can’t believe you said I, ‘robbed a bank’ in the first fight.
“I didn’t rob no bank. I got in the ring, punched you senseless and went home, kissed my kids and had a great night. December 17, I will turn up and I’ll win again.
“I know in my heart, deep down, he still doesn’t rate me. He still thinks he’s going to blast me out and walk right through me.
“David Haye fell apart, because I made him fall apart. If anything, this fight isn’t going to last as long as it did last time,” added the 33 year-old.
Tickets go on sale on Thursday October 5 at midday to Matchroom Fight Pass members – an announcement on this will be made soon: and the venue and AXS pre-sale before tickets go on general sale at www.theO2.co.uk.
Tickets go on general sale on Friday October 6 at midday from www.theO2.co.uk and on 0844 856 0202.
Tickets are priced £60, £80, £100, £150, £200, £300 and £500. Inner Ringside VIP tickets are priced from £1000, £2000 and £3000.