Old footage of Deontay Wilder and David Haye sparring before Tyson Fury fight

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David Haye will get his second chance to defeat Tony Bellew on December 17 after the rematch all boxing fans wanted was agreed this week.

The ex-heavyweight champion looked to truly announce his return to the ring during the first fight in March but an Achilles rupture in the sixth round looked to kill his chances.

Bellew sent shock waves through the boxing world with victory by technical knockout in the 11th round despite having suffered a hand crock of his own.

Nevertheless, questions over the blatantly damaging injury of Haye and Andre Ward's retirement persuaded Bellew to exchange blows with the 'Hayemaker' again.

In light of defeat last time out, it's widely expected that Haye will enter the second fight far more motivated and with an even more punishing training camp under his belt.

One tool that won't be at Haye's disposal, however, is his old sparring partner Deontay Wilder.

The American has embarked on an enviable career of his own since testing Haye's fight sharpness, securing the WBC heavyweight title and boasting an unblemished record of 38-0.

Wilder will defend his belt against the fighter he won it from in 2013, by agreeing to clash with Bermane Stiverne in November after his original opponent - Luis Ortiz - tested positive for banned substances.

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Assuming he overcomes Stiverne again, a unification bout with Anthony Joshua looks the most logical and lucrative next step.

And for AJ, old footage of Wilder sparring with David Haye could prove a useful indicator of the American's ability against a British heavyweight in his prime.

It certainly makes for interesting viewing - check it out below:

Both fighters have their moments but you've got to say that Wilder holds his own.

The footage can be traced back to 2013 when Haye was preparing for a fight with none other than Tyson Fury with Wilder boasting that he wasn't going easy on the 'Hayemarker.'

Too right and Wilder's 37 knockouts show that Joshua won't have an straight-forward fight on his hands.

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As for Haye, regardless of how he performs against Bellew, you could only see a sparring rematch with his Wilder going one way.

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