Although the build-up to their much-anticipated rematch might not match a similar intensity as their first meeting in March, it appears that their second showdown on December 17th is just starting to reach a boiling point.

After Tony Bellew managed to overcome the odds and leave the O2 Arena with an 11th round knockout over his arch nemesis earlier this year, British #Boxing's fans have been eagerly awaiting a rematch between the two former world champions. However, in typical Haye vs Bellew fashion, there appears to be more additional drama added to the pairs fierce rivalry. Last week, online boxing publication ThaBoxingVoice has reported that the 'Hayemaker' has reinjured his achilles and has left the boxing world wondering if their rematch will be scrapped with just over a month before the two are set to square off.

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Mind games from the Hayemaker?

With the reports being squashed by Haye's camp almost immediately, Tony Bellew's promoter Eddie Hearn feels that the former two-weight world champion is simply trying to gain an early mental advantage over his Liverpudlian rival.

Speaking with IFL TV in New York, Hearn said: 'I said to Tony Bellew - it's probably that they've leaked that because that's the sort of thing they do." The head of Matchroom Sports also confirmed that he had spoken directly with Haye and the fighter simply replied with, "It's absolutely not true. I'm 100% ready to go December 17th. It's on."

For Haye, his injury problems have been well publicised since his first meeting with Bellew almost eight months ago.

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After picking up a serious injury to his achillies in the sixth-round, the 37-year-old put up a valiant effort despite eventually being stopped in the 11th round. Haye was immediately taken to hospital where he underwent a lengthy surgery to reattach his achilies.

Despite announcing that he is 100% ready for the latest instalment in his storied career, Haye has revealed that he will be wearing specially made boxing boots come fight night. The boots have been designed by Haye's doctors in order to protect his surgically repaired achilles and Haye will be required to have his ankle heavily strapped prior to the contest.

Although rumours of a 'Hayemaker' demise continue to circulate around the internet, Haye's bitter rival and opponent in five weeks, Tony Bellew, has reiterated that he feels Haye is simply playing games and is trying to cover the fact he is not prepared for their rematch. Speaking with SkySports last week, 'The Bomber' said; "We all know Haye likes the fame and being in the media spotlight.

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He's the kind of diva that boxing creates, one of these guys that is more bothered about playing games with business."

With both fighters beginning their verbal sparring sessions, it seems like we could be in for another night of fireworks come December 17th. With Haye's injury news being played down as nothing more than a phycological game, the build-up to this heavyweight grudge match will undoubtedly provide more twists and turns before both men meet in what promises to be another historic evening in British boxing.

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