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Event Timings // Doors: 17:00 // Ring Walk: 22:30 // Finish 23:30 (all times approx)
David Haye vs Tony Bellew
Former World champions David Haye and Tony Bellew will clash in a Heavyweight blockbuster at The O2 in London on 4 March 2017; live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Tickets go on general sale on at 10am on Wednesday November 30 and are available at www.theo2.co.uk or by calling 0844 856 0202.
Former two-weight World champion Haye returned from a three and a half year absence from the ring in January at The O2 with a first round KO win over Mark De Mori, following that in the same setting four months later with a second round KO win over Arnold Gjergjaj. The 'Hayemaker’ has dominated the ring for over a decade, crowned the Cruiserweight King, unifying the division in March 2008 with a fine win over Enzo Maccarinelli again at The O2.
“The public demand for me to violently knockout Tony ‘The Bell-End’ Bellew was simply too strong,” said Haye. “The country is fed up of his constant yapping. Even in his home town of Liverpool, I would be stopped in the street by people begging me to spectacularly send him into retirement.
“Bellew is completely delusional if he thinks he can beat me. He still thinks he's on the set of Creed and there will be some kind of Rocky style happy ending. But come March 4th at The O2 I will bring reality crashing down on him.”
Bellew became a World champion in stunning fashion in the summer when he climbed off the canvas in the first round against hard-hitting Ilunga Makabu to win the WBC Cruiserweight title with a devastating third round KO at Goodison Park in May – the home of his beloved Everton FC. ‘The Bomber’s’ success came at the third attempt having twice boxed for World titles at Light-Heavyweight before moving to Cruiserweight where he exacted revenge for one of his World title reverses against old rival Nathan Cleverly then landing the European crown against Mateusz Masternak before becoming World champion.
“I've backed him into a corner, left him nowhere to go, and now I have what I want,” said Bellew. “I'm not under any illusions, I know exactly what I am going up against, it's big risk, big reward.”