September 29, 2017 / 6:05 PM / a year ago

Bellew vows to end Haye's career in December 17 rematch

LONDON (Reuters) - British heavyweight Tony Bellew has vowed to end the boxing career of former WBA world champion David Haye in their December rematch in London.

Britain Boxing - David Haye v Tony Bellew - O2 Arena, London - 4/3/17 David Haye in action against Tony Bellew Action Images via Reuters / Peter Cziborra Livepic

The pair will meet on Dec. 17 at the O2, the same arena where Bellew beat Haye in March.

Britain Boxing - Anthony Joshua & Wladimir Klitschko Public Work-Outs - Wembley Arena - 26/4/17 Tony Bellew during the public workouts Action Images via Reuters / Andrew Couldridge Livepic

“I’ll be victorious and end Haye’s career. Another loss to me closes the curtain on the Hayemaker,” former WBC cruiserweight world champion Bellew told the BBC after the date was confirmed.

Haye, 36, was fined 25,000 pounds ($32,000) for his conduct in the build-up to the previous fight, with intense news conferences and heated trash-talk between the big men.

Bellew stopped Haye, who had suffered an Achilles tendon injury, in the 11th round of their first fight.

“Bellew somehow won the lottery in our first fight, but believe me, he won’t win the lottery twice,” declared Haye on Friday.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Toby Davis

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