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How David Haye is aiming to get revenge on Tony Bellew when they meet next month

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Tony Bellew and David Haye's much-awaited rematch is now less than six weeks away.

The fight will once again take place at the O2 Arena in London, and Bellew will be looking to repeat the result from March, where he secured a famous knockout victory over 'Hayemaker' in the 11th round.

Haye ruptured his Achilles tendon in round six of the contest, and was barely able to stand up but gamely fought on, but ultimately the power of 'The Bomber' broke him down.

The Bermondsey boxer underwent surgery to repair the damage, and Bellew nursed a broken hand sustained in the second round of the fight, but they agreed terms on a rematch at the end of September.

Surprisingly, Haye is the odds-on favourite despite losing their last meeting, and there is obviously uncertainty about his condition coming back from such a serious injury.

In order to get his revenge on Bellew, Haye is almost certainly going to have change aspects of his gameplan, particularly the lack of respect that he showed the Liverpudlian in the build-up to their first fight.

'The Bomber' and his trainer, Dave Coldwell, both believe that change will be his weight.

Haye weighed in almost a stone heavier than his opponent in March, coming in at 16st 9oz, while Bellew was 15st 3lbs 8oz.

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Coming in at such a high weight compared to Bellew suggests Haye was supremely confident of an early knockout, which obviously never came, as the WBC Cruiserweight champion was much more durable than he had imagined.

And Coldwell says he won't be as heavy in December, as he has to protect himself from further injuries.

"Haye certainly will be lighter and we have to combat that," he told Sky Sports.

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"David knows he can't fight at the bigger weight, he's far too slow and sluggish. He bulked up partly for vanity but also for his shoulder - to protect that injury he had.

"In the first fight with Tony, his Achilles could not take the extra weight so he will have to strip himself down as to not put so much pressure on that part of the body.

"Even in his career, when he was heavier at heavyweight, he was that fraction slower. Haye was lightning quick as a cruiser, so the lighter he is the more dangerous he is. He knows that and will want to come in and blitz Tony."

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However, Coldwell thinks that if Haye does come in at a lower weight, it will make for an even more entertaining fight than we saw in March.

He will have extra speed that he couldn't show in the first bout, and will consequently be able to make more use of his power.

"We expected David to be lean and fast in March. I'm sure this fight will be more explosive, they will both go toe to toe more frequently," he added.

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"There will still be a lot of brains in there and I do think Haye will plan to box him more, he now has respect for Tony.

"He might not say it, but he realises that Tony made him look like a bit of a clown at the start of the first fight."

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Topics:
Boxing
David Haye
Wladamir Klitschko
Tony Bellew
Anthony Joshua
Heavyweight
Derek Chisora

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