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Tony Bellew reveals there was one key reason that persuaded him to take David Haye rematch

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So, it is happening, the rematch of Tony Bellew versus David Haye after their blockbuster bout back in March.

The fight will happen on December 17 after the two British boxing stars finally agreed on terms for the it to go ahead.

In their first contest, Bellew emerged victorious, stopping Haye in the 11th to claim an unlikely victory.

The Everton fan was a big underdog before the bout but took advantage of Haye's Achilles injury, which plagued him throughout.

Nevertheless, Bellew picked up an injury himself, fracturing his hand in the second round, but still managed to turn in an awesome display to stop his foe.

Now, he is looking to do the same again and is still as confident as ever that he will win once again, halting Haye's professional boxing career in the process.

But, questions have been asked over whether this was the fight Bellew wanted and speaking to betsafe.com, he said the one reason which provoked him into accepting Haye's terms for a rematch.

BELLEW'S REASON

The reason? The division's top fighter Andre Ward announcing his unexpected retirement, with Bellew previously keen on taking him on.

“Once the Andre Ward fight fell through, I thought there was only one fight for me. I wasn’t willing to wait until Parker and Fury had finished.

"Even though it was a really close fight, it could have gone either way. I just thought the biggest challenge out there and the biggest amount of respect I’m going to get is fighting David Haye.

"A lot of people are saying I only won because his injury, that’s not how I look at it. He said he was going to comatose me inside 2 rounds.

"He was going perfectly well for 5 rounds and I mean, don’t get me wrong I had him 3-2 up going in to the time of the injury but my game plan was to never stop quick.

"My game plan was to draw the steam out of him, which I did and then I had him on a plate for 6 rounds on, and that’s how it went.”

He couldn't get his dream fight against Ward but now, he has the chance to write his name in boxing history yet again with another famous victory

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Boxing
Saul Alvarez
David Haye
Floyd Mayweather
Amir Kahn
Wladamir Klitschko
Tony Bellew

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