Former world cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew has vowed to put David Haye to the sword for a second time following the rescheduling of a rematch with the one-time heavyweight ruler.
Both sides agreed to staged the second helping on May 5 at the O2 Arena following the collapse of a December 17 date due to an injury to Haye.
Bellew, who stopped Haye in the eleventh round of a controversial clash in March, has promised to finish the ‘Hayemaker’ off next spring before targetting a blockbuster event with Tyson Fury.
“I’m pleased to get a new date in the diary and I look forward to giving boxing fans a great night on May 5,” said Bellew.
“To be honest, I was looking forward to a great victory in December and a relaxing family break over Xmas but my mind is still very much on this fight and I will punish him for that.
“I now have a very clear plan for 2018 and that is to knock out David Haye and then knock out Tyson ‘Stavros Flatley’ Fury and end both their careers but first things first I need to rid the sport of David Haye on May 5 and I look forward to doing this in what I believe will be an explosive fight,” he added.
Fury will find out later this month whether he’ll be eligible to compete again in the New Year on the back of a frustrating two-year absence from the sport.
Victory over Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 was followed up by rumors of recreational drug abuse and an adverse finding in a UK Anti-Doping sample, which Fury hopes to clear up in the coming days.