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Hearn: Haye vs. Bellew left unanswered questions

  • Eddie Hearn says Haye vs. Bellew II is one of the biggest fights out there for both men.
David Haye vs Tony Bellew

A rematch between WBC cruiserweight champion, Tony Bellew, and former unified cruiserweight champion, David Haye, could take place later this year according to Eddie Hearn.

Bellew claimed an 11th round TKO over Haye when the pair first met at the O2 Arena in London on March 4th.

However, Haye suffered a severe leg injury in the sixth round, leaving him stumbling around the ring for five rounds, before his corner eventually threw in the towel when he was knocked through the ropes by a left hook in the 11th round.

As a result, many have questioned how the fight would have ended if Haye had not suffered such an injury.

“The Haye rematch certainly remains one of the biggest fights out there for both guys.

Talk of a rematch began as soon as the fight had ended with both boxers commending the other and calling for a second fight.

“Tony is a great fighter,” said Haye. “I came to do a demolition job, but this guy has a heart of a lion. I have knocked out bigger men with a lot less than this guy took.

“He took my best shots, and he put me down. I’d love to do it again if the fans want to see it again. We will do it wherever he wants it.”

Bellew interrupted, saying “Let’s do it at Goodison Park.”

Talk of rematch dissipated somewhat in the days following the fight. Until today, when Eddie Hearn, Bellew’s promoter, indicated that a rematch is something that could take place in 2017.

“We’re going to fight this year, 100 percent,” Hearn told Sky Sports News HQ. “The Haye rematch certainly remains one of the biggest fights out there for both guys. Part of Tony Bellew wanted to beat him fully fit. There are some unanswered questions.”

“For Haye, the only fight out there is the Tony Bellew rematch. For Tony there’s the Haye rematch, there’s Joseph Parker, there’s Deontay Wilder, there’s Tyson Fury, there’s plenty of options.”

Before the first fight BNTV asked Bellew if he would give David Haye a rematch should he win on March 4th, Bellew responded:

“I will literally make him get down on his knees and beg, but yeah, I will.”

We are unlikely to see any public begging from David Haye but are almost certainly going to see Haye vs. Bellew II.

Sam Johnson
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