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Haye and Bellew have been promoting the rematch.

David Haye predicts how long it would take Anthony Joshua to knock out Tony Bellew

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David Haye and Tony Bellew will have to do it all again on December 17 at the O2 Arena in London.

Bellew earned a shock victory over the WBA former world heavyweight champion back in March.

That bout was more about the trash-talking leading up to the fight than the main event itself. If anything, fans were disappointed to see the pair embrace each other after the final bell.

The animosity between the two boxers undoubtedly played a role in selling tickets and pay-per-view packages. So, now we know it's put on, will there be any appeal for a rematch?

The answer, of course, is yes, not least because of the manner in which Haye lost last time out.

The 36-year-old was easily the favourite, yet a nasty Achilles injury left him hobbling for the later rounds. Bellew capitalised and had he been more experienced in the division, he ought to have finished Haye off sooner.

With the duo ready to come to blows again, Bellew's credentials as a heavyweight are once again up for discussion. Haye might be a big name, but imagine the Liverpudlian going up against one of the boxers to beat right now, such as Anthony Joshua or Deontay Wilder.

Haye has even made a little prediction of his own just to heap the pressure on Bellew even further.

Joshua would destroy Bellew 

“If Anthony Joshua got in the ring with Tony Bellew, I believe he [Joshua] could knock him out in the first minute if he wanted," he said, per the Mirror.

While both men will get a hefty payday out of the occasion, Haye's reputation is once again on the line, especially as the fight will take place just a stone's throw from his birthplace of Bermondsey.

Boxing at Wembley Stadium

“This is how serious it is. Even if I win, but it’s on a split decision, or I get legitimately knocked down, I’m not as good as I should be," he added.

“If I’ve got ambitions to be the heavyweight champion of the world [again], you need to be able to deal with Tony Bellew comfortably — he’s not a heavyweight.

“If I can’t beat him emphatically, in exactly the manner I want, I’m not as good as I want to be. I can forget about world title aspirations."

Given his age, maybe it's best that this is his last outing regardless.

Will Haye beat Bellew this time around? Have your say in the comments. 

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Topics:
Boxing
David Haye
Floyd Mayweather
Manny Pacquiao
Wladamir Klitschko
Tony Bellew

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