Bellew, 35, who initially began off his boxing profession as a light-heavyweight, just climbed to cruiserweight in 2014 when he battled and knocked out Russian Valery Brudov in the twelfth round at the Echo Arena.
His first with Haye, 37, back in March a year ago was the first occasion when he had fought as a heavyweight. The extraordinary win sent shockwaves through the world of British boxing and now ‘The Bomber’ is excited about demonstrating that it was no fluke.
The rematch, which was postponed from its original December date after Haye suffered a freak bicep injury during training, looks set to go ahead on schedule this time.
Haye, as well, uncovered changes to his arrangements for the rematch to abstain from getting another costly injury so close the fight.
It will be his first fight under the direction of new mentor Ismael Salas, who has already worked with the likes of Jorge Linares, Guillermo Rigondeaux and Danny Green.
Former cruiserweight champion Haye acknowledged his new cornerman for helping him refine his weaponry ahead of the fight, promising to knock Bellew out on May 5
All through the unavoidable war of words that go before each critical battle, Bellew contends that Haye has ‘not changed’ in the 14 months since the two last met. To put it plainly, the Londoner is intensely mindful that a thrashing would more than likely spell the finish of his career.
What date and time?
Haye v Bellew 2 will take place on Saturday May 5. The first fight of the evening is expected to start at around 18:00 GMT. The ring walk for the main event will be after 22:00 GMT.
Who is on the undercard?
Martin J Ward v James Tennyson : European Super-Featherweight Title
Joshua Buatsi v TBC : 8 Rnds Light-Heavyweight
Lenroy Thomas v Joe Joyce : Commonwealth Heavyweight Title
John Ryder v Jamie Cox : 12 Rnds Super-Middleweight
Paul Butler v Emmanuel Rodriguez : Vacant IBF Bantamweight Title
What do the bookies say?
Despite Bellew’s win last year, David Haye still goes in to the fight as the overwhelming favourite at 1/2. The best odds you will find for Tony Bellew are around the 15/8 mark.
If Bellew were to repeat the same 12th round knockout he did at the O2 last time out, Betfair are giving odds of 60/1.