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Gareth Cavanagh

Rematches of two monumental bouts are in the works. and have been given the go-ahead on their potential second title fight. and are also set to retread their explosive feud. Both heavyweight clashes were historic and utterly dramatic in their first instalments.

Matchroom Boxing's promoter, has said that David Haye vs Tony Bellew 2 is "very likely." Back in March, Tony Bellew was triumphant in his first foray into heavyweight territory. The WBC cruiserweight champion knocked out former titleholder, Haye in a historic night.

After beating a former champion, the next logical step for Bellew was to challenge for the belt. At least, that was the case for Hearn, Bellew and many fans. However, it is now looking like Bellew and Haye will meet for a second time. Despite Bellew's desire to chase gold and another career defining moment, Eddie Hearn has said that there is a need to see the rematch among the public.

Another huge heavyweight rematch is also in the works, but in this case, it is all but confirmed. Anthony Joshua's crowning moment at Wembley earned him a place in the halls of boxing history. It too was a historic clash for boxing, particularly the British scene. Given the very even nature of the contest, fans immediately wanted to see twelve more rounds after the final bell. According to Eddie Hearn, they are going to get it.

Joshua's adversary in the Wembley clash, Wladimir Klitschko, has a rematch clause in his contract. The recent speculation regarding the title picture comes down to whether or not Klitschko will activate his rematch clause. is the mandatory challenger for Joshua's belt. That would have meant that, should Klitschko take the rematch, Joshua would be stripped of the IBF belt through no fault of his own.

The good news is that will not be the case. Unwilling to let Joshua's career be affected by boxing politics, Hearn successfully applied for an exemption. This means that Joshua can fight "Doctor Steelhammer" before Pulev. The IBF have granted AJ a mandatory exemption with a couple of terms. The winner of the proposed rematch must face Pulev next and the bout has to take place before December 2nd.

Although Klitschko has not announced his next move, Eddie Hearn claims the rematch is moving forward. Wladimir has actually said he will announce whether he will retire or activate his rematch clause in the next two weeks. The resurgence of boxing continues with two huge rematches in the works.

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Source: Boxing News Online


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