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Tony Bellew has a menacing reason for taking David Haye rematch

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Just in case it wasn't entertaining enough the first time around, boxing fans are being treated to the rematch everybody was asking for - David Haye v Tony Bellew II.

The two heavyweights were embroiled in fiery verbal spars in the build-up to the first bout in March with press conferences descending into scuffles and fights of their own.

Come fight night, Bellew sent shock waves through the boxing world with a technical knockout in the 11th round after Haye suffered an Achilles rupture early in the fight.

Perhaps the biggest question mark over the first clash concerns that very injury.

Although Bellew suffered a hand knock himself in the second round, debate still rages over how Haye would have fared in the later rounds completely fit.

For 'The Bomber' himself, though, there seemed to be no immediate motive to step into the ring with a man he's already beaten. After all, the Evertonian has expressed his interest in a fight with Joseph Parker as well as Andre Ward, before his surprise retirement.

Yet, the wish Haye requested in the ring back in March, has eventually been granted.

And at the first press conference for the rematch on Wednesday, there was no shortage of questions regarding Bellew's motives for the fight.

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Besides, if the 34-year-old isn't as inspired for the second bout, a revenge-thirsty 'Hayemaker' could easily hold the psychological advantage come December 17.

However, it seems there's no motivation question for Bellew and - in fact - his reasoning for taking the fight sends an ominous message to Haye.

When asked why he took the rematch, Bellew explained: “I actually enjoy fighting - I’ve got a screw loose. I don’t enjoy the training camp but I love fight night.

"I love walking to the ring, I love punching him in the face, I love getting punched in the face."

Oof. It seems both fighters will be equally as blood-thirsty under the lights of the O2 Arena, if they're true to their word, anyway.

The answer came seconds after Haye had embarked on a bizarre monologue about bank robbing and how it represented Bellew's slim chances of executing the same feat again.

Bellew continued: “The motivation is the same. Robbing a bank? He must have run out of insults for me. I didn’t rob any bank, I got in a ring and punched him senseless.

Tony Bellew and David Haye Press Conference

“On December 17, I will turn up and win again against all the odds.”

Who do you think will take the win in December - Haye or Bellew? Have your say in the comments section below.

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