Tony Bellew revealed in a press conference this afternoon what he told David Haye during their first fight, as the hype builds around their rematch which takes place on December 17 at the O2 Arena in London.
Unlike their first press conference for the original fight, today’s was a much more muted affair, with Bellew already ramping up the mind games.
WBC cruiserweight world champion Bellew stopped Haye in the 11th round in their first meeting back in March, and the Liverpool native will be looking to achieve the same feat in their December bout.
During today’s press conference, Bellew revealed what he had specifically told Haye in the fifth round, perhaps in an attempt to get inside the mind of the previously defeated Haye.
He revealed that: “If anybody looks back at the first fight, we met at the end of the fifth round, funny enough, David knows this – he was in there with me.
“I said you’re blowing out of you’re ar** now. Now your ar** is mine. And then what happened – happened.
“They were the words I said to him. He walked off and the rest was history.”
Former WBA heavyweight champion Haye, now 36, will be desperate to seek revenge on Bellew, particularly due to the nature of his defeat back in March.
Having injured his Achilles during the fight, Haye will be looking to silence Bellew, who recently declared in September: “I’ll be victorious and end Haye’s career. Another loss to me closes the curtain on the Hayemaker.”
Many pundits agree with Haye, however, that had he not been injured, then he would most likely have gone on to beat Bellew.
In fact, Haye has stated: “Bellew somehow won the lottery in our first fight, but believe me, he won’t win the lottery twice.”
Therefore, Haye will no doubt be chomping at the bit to get his revenge on Bellew with a decisive KO to silence both his competitor and many of his critics.