David Haye has stated that Tony Bellew’s win over him is like a robber robbing a bank, a notion the Merseysider has dismissed.
Haye said Bellew’s victory is like that of a robber trying to secure a fortune for his family and will exert revenge come December 17.
“People rob banks to secure their family,” Haye said on Wednesday. “Would you go back to rob that same bank again? Is your hatred so bad for the clerk behind the desk that you need to do it again?
“Bellew’s motivations were clear – he wanted to secure his family. He’s a multi-millionaire – welcome to a very small club of British boxers who don’t have to box, they are comfortable. I ask myself: what are his motivations going into the second fight?
“I didn’t believe I’d get this opportunity again. I didn’t think it would happen. Tony, for some reason, wants to do it again.
“My motivations are for revenge, I want to be the best heavyweight in the world. He doesn’t want to fight Anthony Joshua or Deontay Wilder because he isn’t big enough. So why go back into the lion’s den?”
Bellew, who won via 11th-round stoppage at The O2 in the first fight after Haye sustained an Achilles injury, reacted dismissively.
“I can’t believe the analogy he has used,” Bellew said. “I didn’t rob a bank – I got in a boxing ring and punched you senseless.
“I fight because, believe it or not, I enjoy fighting. I’ve got a screw loose. I don’t enjoy the 14 weeks build-up or losing loads of weight but, on fight night, I love it. I love punching you in the face and I love getting punched in the face.
“I know in my heart that he still doesn’t rate me. I understand David had an injury and showed immense bravery. I knew he wasn’t going to quit. What shocked him, that I already knew, is that I was going to take him into deep waters.
“David fell apart because I made him. Pressure. When he caught me clean he got the shock of a lifetime.”