David Haye and Tony Bellew will face each other in a huge domestic clash on Sky Sports Box Office
Last Updated: 15/02/17 4:33pm
Sky Sports Box Office will show the eagerly-anticipated heavyweight fight between David Haye and Tony Bellew on March 4.
In one of the biggest fights of the year, the British rivals will finally meet at The O2 in London following an ongoing war of words.
Bellew confronted Haye again after defending his WBC cruiserweight title with a third-round knockout victory over BJ Flores in October, and they will share the ring in the Liverpudlian's first fight at heavyweight.
Haye, a former WBA heavyweight champion, took a three-and-a-half year break from boxing and Bellew should provide 'The Hayemaker' with his toughest challenge since his comeback.
Bellew is completely delusional if he thinks he can beat me. He still thinks he's on the set of 'Creed' and there will be some kind of Rocky-style happy ending.
"The country is fed up of his constant yapping," said Haye. "Even in his home town of Liverpool, I would be stopped in the street by people begging me to spectacularly send him into retirement.
"Bellew is completely delusional if he thinks he can beat me. He still thinks he's on the set of Creed and there will be some kind of Rocky-style happy ending. But come March 4 at The O2 in London I will bring reality crashing down on him.
"I've earned my credentials the hard way inside the ring, not on film sets. There will be no second takes, no stunt men taking the blows and no flashing lights on the red carpet. The only lights Bellew will see are those of the spot lights shining down on him when he wakes up from his nap on the canvas."
'The Bomber' has fought twice in 2016, including his spectacular victory against Ilunga Makabu, which earned him the WBC title at Goodison Park in May.
If it comes down to a question of heart and determination, I win hands down. If it comes down to one punch, it's a 50-50.
"I've backed him into a corner, left him nowhere to go, and now I have what I want," said Bellew. "I'm not under any illusions, I know exactly what I am going up against, it's big risk, big reward.
"I cop him with my best punch, he's going to sleep. He cops me with his best punch, more than likely I am going to sleep too.
"I know what I am up against but the big factor for me is, I'm a very active fighter, I've had no breaks and I've got very little wear and tear on me. If it comes down to a question of heart and determination, I win hands down. If it comes down to one punch, it's a 50-50."
Both fighters will be ringside for Anthony Joshua's second IBF heavyweight title defence against Eric Molina in Manchester on December 10, also live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Sky Sports' head of boxing Adam Smith said: "This is quite simply a must-see fight.
"Two of the biggest personalities and punchers in world boxing will collide in a cracking confrontation which has everything. Both men have been fantastic pundits for us in 2016 and it's fitting that we'll show their heavyweight bout exclusively live at what should be a rocking O2."
Ahead of the bout, Sky Sports viewers can look forward to a range of support programming across both linear channels and digital outlets, including Ringside and The Gloves Are Off, in addition to all the pre-fight build up from behind the scenes.
The fight adds to a stellar 2017 on Sky Sports with more Premier League matches than ever before, the Lions' tour of New Zealand, PGA and European Tour golf, England cricket, the 2017 Formula 1 season and much more.