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Bellew v Haye.

Tony Bellew will fight David Haye - but he claims he wanted this fight instead

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It was announced on Friday that Tony Bellew and David Haye will take part in a heavyweight re-match on Sunday December 17 in London's O2 Arena.

WBC cruiserweight world champion Bellew previously upset the bookies, stopping Haye in the 11th round when they met in March.

The 36-year-old boxer injured his achilles in the sixth round and required surgery in the aftermath of the bout.

"Last time the script was thrown out the window and the unpredictability of sport revealed itself in its most raw form," Haye said, as per BBC Sport.

"Bellew somehow won the lottery in our first fight, but believe me, he won't win the lottery twice.

"I've been training every day for over six months. I already feel fitter, stronger and more athletic than I did for our first showdown. I will relish the opportunity to re-write the ending of the Haye-Bellew story."

Bellew reveals who he really wanted to fight

Speaking to betsafe.com, the 34-year-old Scouser admitted that Haye was not the man he wanted to fight next.

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"There is a big demand for this rematch, let’s be honest. I’m giving the fans what they want to be totally honest. But if I had my way, I’d be signing off on the Joseph Parker fight. I can beat Joseph Parker in my sleep."

His brutal assessment of Parker, who recently beat Hughie Fury on points, was pretty damning.

"I think he’s a strong young boy," Bellew continued. "He’s got age on his side and durability, but that’s where his advantages stop. My boxing skills are far better than his and I’m quicker than him.

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"I do think he’s the stronger man, and obviously the heavier man but, I’m just not fussed on Joseph Parker, I don’t think he’s a top fighter or one of the best heavyweights in the world. And I’m one of the them, and I’m not even a proper heavyweight. I’m just a fat cruiserweight.”

Parker is targeting a unification bout with IBO and WBA title holder Anthony Joshua in July next year, who must first beat Kubrat Pulev next month.

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