Bellew still wants Haye rematch

22 November 2017 02:49:25 GMTPlus11

Tony Bellew would still like to face David Haye in a rematch at some point but is looking to line up an interim fight.

The 34-year-old said he was heartbroken when it was confirmed that the 17th December heavyweight showdown was postponed on Monday after Haye suffered a bicep injury in a "freak accident" during a training session.

Bellew, who defeated former WBA heavyweight champion, Haye, in their first bout in March when his opponent suffered a serious Achilles injury mid-fight, has suggested a new date could be rescheduled next March or May.

I do want to face David Haye - I want to put it to rest. I've always been a massive underdog. People said I was crazy [before the first fight] but look what happened.

Tony Bellew

However, the former WBC cruiserweight champion is looking for a fight before a possible Haye rematch in order to keep ticking over.

Bellew told Sky Sports: "Ideally I'd like to take a bout before. I want to stay busy, I've been known my whole career as an active fighter. I will have been out of the ring for a year, and that's not good for me. This is a job, I've got a family to feed.

"Maybe David will take an interim fight, and I'll take one too. Maybe, down the line, we meet again. I do want to face David Haye - I want to put it to rest. I've always been a massive underdog. People said I was crazy [before the first fight] but look what happened."

The Liverpudlian also hinted that Haye's previous injury record might mean they will never get back into the ring again.

He added: "This is the fourth fight that David has pulled out of in his last eight scheduled bouts. Once against Wladimir Klitschko, two against Tyson Fury and now me. He has torn some serious muscle groups in his body. Both biceps, his Achilles, his hamstring - what is going to go next?

"I'm not too sure I can wait around for this to happen again."

Former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte have both offered Bellew a bout since news of Haye's injury broke.

Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua is priced at 4/7 to defeat Fury should the pair meet and is 1/3 to beat Deontay Wilder if that fight takes place.

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