All you need to know about Tony Bellew v David Haye II:
What is it?
A highly anticipated rematch between two of Britain’s most polarising boxers, with David Haye looking to get back in the win column.
The pair first squared off in March last year, with Tony Bellew coming out on top despite entering as a massive underdog.
Bellew stunned critics and fans alike with a relatively one-way demolition job at the O2 Arena, with a TKO victory in the 11th round and Haye nursing an Achilles injury.
When is it and where is it taking place?
The fight will take place next Saturday (May 5th) at the o2 Arena in London, the same location as the first bout.
With the nature of boxing, it’s difficult to predict exactly what time the pair will make their ring-walk.
However, it’s believed to be around 10pm. The undercard will get underway at 6pm, showcasing six fights before the main event.
What are the odds?
Despite losing the first encounter, David Haye enters the contest as a strong favourite at 4/9, with his counterpart a 2/1 underdog.
If you fancy a mirror image repeat of the pair’s last fight, Bellew is a big price at 7/2 to win by KO/TKO/stoppage.
Where’s the money going?
David Haye is attracting punters’ attention, which is abnormal when it comes to boxing, with the underdog usually receiving more support.
The Hayemaker has attracted 55% of all bets on the fight, compared to Bellew’s 40% share of bets. 5% of bets have been placed on the draw at 33/1.
What TV channel is it on?
The fight will be shown live on Sky Sports Box Office for the price of £19.95, or alternatively you can listen live on talkSPORT for free.
To purchase the fight, you can visit Sky channel 491 and order it via the pay-per-view option.
What are their records?
Haye – 28/3/0
Bellew – 29-2-0
What have they said?
Discussing the lead up to the crucial encounter, Bellew discussed his training camp: “It’s been a tough camp, a hard camp, but I’m in fantastic shape.
“I go beyond the call of duty you could say. It’s been hard in Rotherham at times, being away from home, and back and forth.
“The training levels have been taken up. All my numbers have gone up from my stats. I’m 35, so it doesn’t get any easier, it gets tougher.
“But the fact my numbers are still going up, show that I’m still improving. I’m still getting physically better with each and every camp.”
On the other side of the ring, Haye is taking a more mature approach in the rematch: “Do I really just want to be remembered as someone who talked crap?
“I could add another million pounds to the earnings of this fight by throwing a glass of water at a press conference or slapping him,” he says.
But at what cost? “I don’t want to be known just for selling tickets and pay-per-view television. I’ve done that throughout my career.
“How about the merit of my work? At 37, I am thinking about how I want to be remembered.”
What’s the prediction for the fight?
Oddschecker’s Callum Wilson: “Bookmakers have taken a chance on there not being a repeat result in the rematch between the pair, pricing winner Bellew as the underdog.
“This could come back to bite them, if you go along with the rhetoric that the Liverpudlian has Haye’s number.
“Another determining factor is sure to be the extent of Haye’s injuries, and the status of them. If there is still niggling damage to his Achilles tendon that he suffered in the first fight – bookies will behind the sofa.
“I’m backing Bellew to beat his South London counterpart and arch-rival, with the psychological advantage being the determining factor between the British pair.