Haye vs Bellew: Tony Bellew willing to offer rematch to David Haye if he wins on March 4
By Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 16/02/17 8:11pm
Tony Bellew is prepared to offer David Haye an immediate rematch as he expects his British rival to make "every excuse possible" if he suffers defeat.
The Merseysider remains in confident mood ahead of his heavyweight clash at The O2 on March 4, live on Sky Sports Box Office, despite Haye's claims that he has chosen the wrong time for their grudge fight.
Both men have continued their war of words in recent weeks and Bellew has taunted the Londoner by suggesting he will help to revive Haye's career with the offer of a second fight.
I'm going to give him a way back, because believe you me, when I beat him on March 4 you are going to hear every excuse possible.
"I'm going to be a good man and give 'Sideshow Bob' a return once I've knocked him out," Bellew told Sky Sports News HQ.
"I'm going to give him a way back, because believe you me, when I beat him on March 4 you are going to hear every excuse possible. From he's got a sore toe, a broken finger nail, his hair band wasn't on right.
"I'm already prepared for 'I wasn't taking him seriously', 'I was in Miami', 'I was on yachts, 'I was sipping protein shakes out of a cocktail glass'.
"All I will say is, I will give you the chance to get it back, once I stop you on March 4."
Promoter Eddie Hearn has admitted Bellew could earn a shot at the winner of Anthony Joshua's world title fight with Wladimir Klitschko, but the WBC cruiserweight champion does not intend to stay in the top division.
"I'm fighting, let's get it straight, a big cruiserweight, a very small heavyweight," said Bellew.
"I'm not big enough, I know I like to kid sometimes and mess around, and I have thought about it - to face the Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko winner. But in all honesty, Anthony is just too big.
"I think he's a lovely lad as well. I actually admire him, I'm a fan of Anthony Joshua's."