With opinions about the fight between David Haye and Tony Bellew split among experts and the boxing faithful, the two heavyweight boxers are set to resume their rivalry after one year since stepping inside the ring on March 2017.
Haye was adamant for a rematch against Bellew as he succumbed to the third defeat of his pro career, and the Liverpudlian obliged.
With the initial rematch slated for December 2017, Haye suffered a tear in his left bicep, for which he was sidelined from training for weeks after undergoing surgery.
Hence, the bout had to be postponed, and that will now take place at O2 Arena, the same venue that staged the first event, with the organisers hopeful of a sell-out crowd on May 5.
On Wednesday, the pair came face-to-face during the press conference and the ‘war of words’ continued from where it left off last year.
Bellew was quick to remind Haye the exact words he said before their first fight and wanted him to be accountable for his remarks.
The 35-year-old said: “The worst world champion you’ve ever seen was your words. The worst world champion. They are the exact words you used.”
The former heavyweight champion replied: “That’s exactly what I said. That’s what I believed. Come fight night that didn’t work out. Tony Bellew bettered me.”
The response from Haye could have come as a surprise to many, as The Hayemaker was not known to portray his rival on a higher level to him in a fight previously, but he has now adopted a whole different outlook to his approach.
Bellew added: “Am I not the worst world champion in the world anymore?”
The 37-year-old Brit concluded: “If you were what does that say about me?
“You humbled me Tony! You humbled me. You won. You won the fight. I lost. Look at BoxRec. I lost. You beat me. You took my best and dished out yours. I don’t know what more I can say about that.”
The duo will try to gain the psychological edge over the other as we draw closer to the fight, yet, the final judgement will be delivered inside the ring when they take to opposite corners and the several call-outs and trash talks will take a backseat and the performance would only speak, louder than words.
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