The much speculated David Haye and Tony Bellew fight between the two bitter UK boxing rivals has been officially confirmed today.
Matchroom Sport emailed us a short time ago with a press release to confirm that matchup has been made for March 4th at the O2 Arena in London.
It will not take place for Bellew’s WBC cruiserweight world title however. Presumably he will still hold onto the belt and be able to defend it again following the Haye fight.
It was previously speculated a fight between the two would see Londoner Haye move back down to the cruiserweight limit for the first time in years, after campaigning in the heavyweight division (properly) since 2008 with his win back then over American Monte Barrett.
However this fight will be a heavyweight fight:
BREAKING: @mrdavidhaye to fight @TonyBellew at heavyweight on March 4th at O2 Arena exclusively live on Sky Sports Box Office. #SSNHQ
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) November 25, 2016
There is a history of bad blood between these two with these recent ringside antics here following Bellew’s most recent win against American BJ Flores.
No doubt trash talk will be at a very high level between these two in the coming months. Two fighters who certainly know how to ‘sell’ a fight and carry genuine knockout power in both fists.
The Hayemaker has already started his verbal assault on Bellew:
The update you’ve been waiting for…. @TSBible 👊🏾 pic.twitter.com/XcfpbvcvZW
— David Haye (@mrdavidhaye) November 25, 2016
‘Bellend Bellew’ seems to be the theme of Haye’s abuse so far. Bellew has not responded just yet with his latest update on his own Twitter feed reading:
— Tony Bellew (@TonyBellew) November 25, 2016
No doubt he’ll come up with something creative when he does respond mind you.
From a boxing perspective, the two have explosive styles that should result in someone getting rendered knocked out you would imagine.