Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Tony Bellew vs. David Haye II

David Haye's Haymaker Promotion is teaming up with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing to bring a nine fight card to the O2 Arena in London, England on Saturday, May 5th. This card features two bouts in particular that are receiving a lot of attention from boxing fans around the world - Bellew vs. Haye II and Rodriguez vs. Butler.

In the main event, Tony Bellew (29-2-1, 19 KOs) will square off against David Haye (28-3, 26 KOs) in a rematch of their March 4, 2017 bout in which Bellew, a former WBC Cruiserweight Champion, won by 11th round TKO over the 37-year-old former cruiserweight and heavyweight world champion, David Haye. In what appeared to be a close fight, both men suffered injuries in the match that contributed to the outcome of the contest. Haye suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon, and Bellew broke his hand. The second installment of this British grudge match is scheduled for twelve rounds in the heavyweight division.

The card also features an IBF Bantamweight Title fight between Emmanuel Rodriguez (17-0, 12 KOs) and Paul Butler (26-1, 14 KOs). Rodriguez, a native of Puerto Rico, will travel to Butler's homeland to fight in his first world title bout. He held the WBC Latino Bantamweight Title from 2015 to 2017, and has won seven of his last eight fights by way of knockout. His most recent victory was a fourth round stoppage over Mexico's Giovanni Delgado on August 5, 2017 in Puerto Rico. Butler, a former WBA Continental Bantamweight Champion, has one blemish on his record, a TKO loss to Zolani Tate in 2015. He has won his last nine fights, with his most recent victory coming earlier this year against Jefferson Vargas.

Saturday's card also features the following bouts:

Martin J. Ward (19-0-2, 9 KOs) vs. James Tennyson (21-2, 17 KOs) - 12 rounds, for Ward's European Junior Lightweight Title

Lenroy Thomas (22-4-1, 10 KOs) vs. Joe Joyce (3-0, 3 KOs) - 12 rounds, for Thomas' Commonwealth Heavyweight Title

John Ryder (25-4, 13 KOs) vs. Jamie Cox (25-1, 14 KOs) - 12 rounds, super middleweights

Joshua Buatsi (5-0, 3 KOs) vs. Stephane Cuevas (8-1-3, 4 KOs) - eight rounds, light heavyweights

Jordan Gill (19-0, 4 KOs) vs. David Berna (15-3, 14 KOs) - six rounds, super featherweights

Kody Davies (3-0, 1 KO) vs. Przemyslaw Gorgon (6-2, 3 KOs) - four rounds, light heavyweights

Money Powell IV (6-0, 3 KOs) vs. Mark Krammerstodter (3-2-1, 2 KOs) - four rounds, super welterweights

The card will air live in the United States on AWE at 1:30 PM EST.

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