David Haye odds-on favourite to beat Tony Bellew in rematch at London's 02 Arena on Sunday December 17

Boxing

David Haye and Tony Bellew have agreed terms for a heavyweight re-match - and the Londoner is odds-on to get his revenge.

Former world heavyweight champion Haye started the first fight as a heavy favourite and is currently just 1/3 with Sky Bet to claim his revenge while Bellew is offered at 5/2.

Neither fighter has yet signed the contract for a fight that unusually has been scheduled for a Sunday, but both are satisfied with the terms involved and an announcement is expected next week.

Haye lost to the Liverpudlian in March in a much-anticipated fight but was hindered for much of the fight by an Achilles injury. He had appeared to be leading before rupturing the tendon in the sixth round.

With Haye struggling to compete effectively, then-trainer Shane McGuigan eventually threw in the towel in the 11th.

The injury - since repaired with the aid of surgery - meant a rematch was always likely and the 36-year-old earlier this week wrote on social media: "It's taken months of negotiating but teams have finally agreed all terms for Haye-Bellew II. Will Bellew put pen to paper?"

Bellew, 34, responded: "I don't really feel like talking to be honest. I oblige you, David Haye, happy? Now leave me alone with my family please. I'll see you soon enough."

It is understood Bellew will again earn the highest purse of his career, having done so for their dramatic fight in March.

Haye has since replaced McGuigan with Cuba's Ismael Salas and recovered his fitness, and even promotes a Hayemaker Ringstar bill at London's Indigo at The 02 on October 20.

Bellew's trainer Dave Coldwell had wanted his fighter to retire after a win that remains considered the finest of his career, but a re-match has proved too lucrative an option to turn down.

Haye similarly needs to rebuild his reputation to pursue his plan of challenging Anthony Joshua.

The rivals remain on bad terms. In June Haye was fined £25,000 by the British Boxing Board of Control for his behaviour in the build-up to March's fight, in which he repeatedly made graphic threats that he admitted brought the sport into disrepute.

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