Despite some rumours of Tony Bellew and David Haye having rematch talks, The Liverpudlian is absolutely certain that the rematch is pretty far from actually happening.
Bellew defeated Haye back in March at the O2 in London via 11th round technical knockout. Immediately after the fight, there were discussions of a rematch. But according to Bellew, the two can’t come to terms and here’s why.
“Listen, in my opinion, we’re miles apart. People might say it’s getting closer, we’re miles apart. I’m not bending to any of his demands. It’s just not happening whatsoever. I won the first fight. He’s pretending like the first fight never happened. He can kiss my a***,” told Bellew in an interview with Sky Sports.
Haye’s Achilles tendon injury certainly did affect the fight, and Bellew also feels that there’s ‘unfinished business’. But the fact is Bellew doesn’t need Haye anymore to make a name for himself.
“Make no mistake, David Haye does not define my career. I’m a world champion and I’m the boss now,” said ‘The Bomber’.
It’s no secret that Haye caused some controversy with his vicious comments about putting Bellew in a hospital before their first fight. It’s still quite clear that Bellew doesn’t respect Haye at all as a person.
“I’ll always respect him as an athlete. Have I ever respected him as a person? No. The only reason I paid him respect after the first fight was because he had just secured my family’s future. It had nothing really to do with him,” stated Bellew.
It is safe to presume that Haye is out of the picture. However, Bellew’s next opponent is still uncertain. There was much talk about fighting Joseph Parker, who will defend his title against Hughie Fury on September 23rd.
Andre Ward was also a viable candidate. Recently Bellew and UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping agreed to fight in a boxing match.