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Tony Bellew still fuming over David Haye's 'hospital' threat

Tony Bellew and David Haye renew hostilities in a rematch on December 17. John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Getty Images

Tony Bellew is determined to end David Haye's career because of the trauma his intense threats inflicted on his young family.

Haye has made little secret of the fact he will pursue a lucrative match-up with Anthony Joshua should he succeed in avenging his third career defeat at London's O2 Arena on Dec. 17.

The 34-year-old Bellew instead insists he is nearing the "finishing line" but a second defeat of Haye would also likely end the latter's ambitions.

During his reign as the WBA heavyweight champion, the 37-year-old Haye's career was so widely celebrated that he became one of Britain's best-known sportsmen, and it is that profile that contributed to Bellew's concerns.

He had long fought to keep his profession a secret from his three young children, but even after his successes meant he could no longer do so, it was only in the build-up to their fight in March that Haye's menacing remarks disturbed them.

"To put my kids what he put them through: he's just a k--- of the highest order," Bellew told Press Association Sport.

"He should never have said the things he said: saying my kids are going to visit me in hospital. It'll never go away now that he's said it. That gob----- made out like it was going to be glorious to hurt me.

"I sent [my family] to Dubai before that fight and when they came back, the first thing my son said to his mother was 'I can't wait to go to school and tell everyone; I told them all he'd win'.

"So obviously kids are telling him I'm going to get beat up, or whatever. It's not nice at all, but there's not long left; I can see the finishing line.

"It's not nice when your kids are having to answer to people at school, it breaks my heart to know he told people 'I told you my dad's going to win', so kids had questioned him.

"That's just kids, they don't see any harm in that, but they're going to see harm when they've seen some gob----- saying he's going to put me in a coma. That's what this man's capable of.

"My missus [also] knows it's being said: she was in tears the night she went to Dubai. When you're fighting at heavyweight for the first time your missus and your children worry. 'Dad, you're not that big; he's massive'. It gets personal, and it gets even worse when a gob----- says what he says."