David Haye v Tony Bellew – 02 Arena at 22:30 live on Sky Sports Box Office
Well this is the fight we have all been rubbing our hands to in delight, as these two loudmouths will go head-to-head on Saturday night at the 02 Arena in London in a Heavyweight clash, and I had to write a preview for this one!
Let’s start with the veteran. Overall, David Haye has been a different character heading into this fight. He seems to be reacting more to Bellew’s taunts and in their press conference in Liverpool he completed switched by taunting the crowd and legitimately threatening Bellew with some harsh words!
One thing to consider is that the 36-year-old really hasn’t had a proper test since his fight against Wladimir Klitschko back in 2011. After that fight in Hamburg, Dereck Chisora stood in his way before the Hayemaker made his comeback at the start of 2016; two fights which both ended early on through TKO.
He holds a record of 28 wins from 30 fights with two defeats, and his professional career has seen the London-born fighter make the step up from Cruiserweight to Heavyweight.
The question is whether Haye can last the full 12 rounds against Bellew. Haye holds a four inch reach advantage against his opponent, but it would be down to whether he can snuff out the 34-year-old within the first couple of rounds.
To be fair, we have to thank Bellew for making this fight happen. After his bout with BJ Flores, in Liverpool, where he retained his WBC Cruiserweight title, the 34-year-old went out of his way to gain a reaction out of the older fighter, who was commentating on the match-up.
It was quite funny calling the 36-year-old Spongebob Squarepants, before he accused Haye of cheating people out of their money.
The Liverpool-born fighter has bounced back from his defeat in 2013 to go on and beat the likes of Nathan Cleverly, Mateusz Masternak and Illunga Makabu. On top of this, the ‘Bomber’ holds a record of 28 wins from 31 fights, winning 18 through KO.
This is a step up for Bellew, literally, as the second in the world will be fighting his first professional encounter at Heayweight. Once more, Bellew enjoys a long-winded fight considering in the last four years only two of his bouts have lasted less than five rounds.
I really hope we get a proper fight here! Reason to why I say this is because previous fights that have included Haye and have gone in this “I will destroy you” mentality have ended in stalemates. I just hope they back up their words with actions.
But, overall, I think this will go Haye’s way, just not as early as people think. Haye will want to end this fight early, but Bellew is a smart fighter and it will be just whether he can hold out for a few rounds and get me some profit!
Betting Recommendation: David Haye 4-6 rounds at 3.25
Prices correct at time of writing.
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