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Tony Bellew thinks he knows the key to beating David Haye ahead of rematch

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Tony Bellew will reignite his heated rivalry with David Haye on December 17 in a much anticipated rematch at the O2 Arena in London.

The pair first came to blows in March with Bellew sending shock waves through the boxing world with victory by technical knockout in the 11th round. He dealt Haye just the third defeat of his career despite having never fought in the heavyweight division before.

Doubts have remained over the nature of the victory, though, after Haye sustained an Achilles injury in the sixth round that required surgery after the fight.

It begged the question as to whether Bellew would be able to secure the same result against a fully fit Haye. 

And after the Evertonian's most desired fight - a clash with Andre Ward - fell through, fans will get to see just that with the 'Hayemaker' taking well to the surgery.

Moreover, the 34-year-old believes he already possesses the key to victory in the rematch, regardless of Haye's new found condition

Speaking to betsafe.com, Bellew explained: “I just think styles make fights, and my styles all wrong for David Haye. David Haye has never fought anybody who can adapt in fights.

"He usually fights guys that are stand up straight and come in straight lines and every time he fights a guy that can change his style, he seems to lose and when he does lose to better skilled fighters or bigger fighters, there is always an excuse.

"The sore toe against Wladimir Klitschko, it was the experience against Carl Thompson and against me it was a bad achilles."

Shots well and truly fired.

Bellew believes that Haye's three losses have all emanated from versatile opponents like himself as opposed to heavily orthodox fighters such as Nikolai Valuev.

And of course he was keen to take a dig at Haye's excuses when such defeats arose, even if some are more than understandable.

In terms of the first match, though, Bellew was also handicapped after suffering a hand injury in the second round and taunted: "Listen, he had an injury that was there for everyone to see but I had an injury too.

"My right hand was smashed in the second round, you know we both had injuries going in but ultimately if people think I only beat him because of his injury. Then put all your money on him and back him."

Tony Bellew is a Betsafe ambassador, for all the odds and betting markets on the Bellew v Haye rematch, please go to: www.betsafe.com 

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