Haye, Bellew lighter for rematch

David Haye weighed in around 10 pounds heavier than rival Tony Bellew ahead of their eagerly awaited rematch, but both were lighter than for their first bout.

Bellew upset the odds to defeat Haye in March 2017 and the 35-year-old was three pounds lighter at 15 stone, four ounces.

Former world heavyweight champion Haye tipped the scales at 15st 10lbs and 2oz, leaner than the 16st 9oz from his defeat 14 months ago.

There was no repeat of Bellew's shove on Haye at Thursday's news conference, but the duo exchanged words during another tense stare off.

Speaking after the weigh-in, Bellew told Sky Sports that Haye cannot cope with what he has to offer.

"The scales were heavy, but no problem. Weight is just a number," he said.

"He really thinks I didn't get in the ring with the real David Haye. Someone please show me who I was facing.

"With those muscles, those beautiful abdominals, that sharp haircut, those big pectorals - I'm sure it was him.

"The only thing that's getting dragged out is me hitting you with body shots. Your 37-year-old body can't do what my body can do."

Haye has had to overcome Achilles and bicep injuries ahead of the rematch, but the 37-year-old insists he is fighting fit ahead of the O2 Arena showdown.

"I knew my weight would be lighter, I feel healthy," he said. "I just wanted to make sure I'm fast, accurate and ready for battle.

"My body has held up in training way better than before. I can do things I couldn't do for many years.

"He thinks I've made a mistake, I disagree, I told him I'm a very different fighter to who he fought last time."

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