Sky lands UK rights for Bellew-Haye rematch

Fight to be shown on broadcaster’s Sky Sports Box Office pay-per-view service.

Sky lands UK rights for Bellew-Haye rematch

UK pay-TV broadcaster Sky has secured the rights for the upcoming boxing rematch between British heavyweight rivals David Haye and Tony Bellew.

The bout, which is scheduled to take place at London’s O2 Arena on 17th December, will be shown on the Sky Sports Box Office pay-per-view service. Sky will also provide behind the scenes coverage and a range of support programming across its TV and digital platforms in the build-up to the event.

Former cruiserweight world champion Bellew was victorious when the pair first met in March, knocking out Haye in the 11th round, despite the South Londoner carrying a ruptured achilles tendon since the sixth round.

However, the bout was largely dominated by the ugly war of words between the fighters in the lead-up to the event, with Haye claiming that he had “never had a fight where I really wanted to cave someone’s skull in like this, ever.”

Adam Smith, head of boxing at Sky Sports, said: "This is one of the most eagerly anticipated fights in recent times, as arch rivals Tony Bellew and David Haye lock horns again in a pre-Christmas cracker.

"It’s a rematch which should provide everything - a fiery build-up, compelling action mixed with an uncertain, unpredictable outcome."