The ‘Hayemaker’ suffered a freak bicep injury in the build-up to his pre-Christmas contest with Bellew, and along with the Liverpool man going through some tragic personal problems, the enforced delay means both can be at full health mentally and physically for the return.
“It was incredibly unfortunate that the rematch which was initially scheduled to take place last December had to be rescheduled but life is about challenges and how you deal with the obstacles put in front of you,” said Haye in his Daily Mirror column.
“To me it was just another injury; the doctors told me how bad the injury was and how long it would be until I could fight again. “It has pushed my career back a few months but I had to focus on what I can control; my rehab and recovery.
“Everything happens for a reason and the word around the campfire was that Tony had a lot of personal issues going into the December fight so maybe it wasn’t meant to be for him either.
“Come May 5 when we step back in the ring, both with a point to prove, I’d like for us both to be firing on all cylinders – may the best man win.”
A win for Haye could potentially set-up a world title challenge against Anthony Joshua, whilst a second Bellew triumph could see the former WBC cruiserweight ruler pitted against Tyson Fury or Andre Ward.
All will be revealed on Cinco de Mayo live and exclusively on Sky Sports Box Office.
Read David Haye’s full column in The Daily Mirror here