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David Haye makes admission about preparation going into original Tony Bellew fight

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Tony Bellew and David Haye came face-to-face for the first time since their March 4 encounter yesterday afternoon for a pre-fight press conference.

Although their rematch doesn't take place until December 17, the two Brits were back at the promotional stage yesterday afternoon, and despite their fiery past, the two managed to behave themselves throughout.

No harsh insults, no 'your mum' comments from David Haye, and pretty much nothing at all interesting from the usually outspoken pair.

A lot was said about the initial fight, and of course, the Achilles problem that basically ruined Hayemaker's night was mentioned once or twice throughout, before the Londoner insinuated that Bellew's win was like robbing a bank.

However, there was something else that Haye hinted at that raised a few eyebrows and caught people's attention.

Weeks before the pair's first encounter back in March, reports emerged that Haye was nursing an injury going into the bout, seeing a specialist right up until fight night.

Although Haye never actually spoke about his condition going into the contest, he revealed at yesterday's press conference that he was actually hampered going into the fight.

He didn't go into detail what was wrong with him or his condition, but he stated that he can do things this time around that he couldn't do a few months back.

The 36-year-old said: “I’m doing things now, that I couldn’t do before that fight.

Tony Bellew and David Haye Press Conference

“So stuff that I couldn’t do in that fight I can do now, so already I’m in a better place right now than I was before the fight.

“You’ve got to give him mad credit, that crystal ball he was looking into was spot on, I want that crystal ball - it was f****** great.

“He was spot on, he said my body would break down, he must of had some medical reports from somewhere — he was right."

This could be Haye just playing mind games with everyone and playing down Bellew's success back in the initial fight, but it could also be the truth about just how fit the veteran was feeling going into the bout.

Tony Bellew and David Haye Press Conference

I guess we'll be able to tell more come December 17. If Haye wins and wins in style, maybe Bellew did just beat a below par Hayemaker.

One thing's for sure, everyone will be gripped by the build up to this rematch just like they were earlier this year, however, this time around, it feels that bit bigger.

A Haye win sets up a trilogy, whilst a Bellew win all-but ends his opponent's career.

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Boxing
David Haye
Floyd Mayweather
Manny Pacquiao
Tony Bellew

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