Bellew v Haye – Big Fight Preview
14 months ago, Tony Bellew shocked the boxing world when the Liverpudlian’s heart and determination overcame the power and speed of David Haye – on Saturday night we do it all over again!
Haye and Bellew go head-to-head this weekend at London’s O2 Arena with the Hayemaker looking for revenge after his surprise loss while the Bomber will be out to prove his victory wasn’t a flash in the pan.
David Haye (age: 37/ height: 6 ft 3in/ fights: 31/ won: 28/ knockouts: 26)
Former Heavyweight and Cruiserweight World Champion Haye, now 37 years old, suffered a bicep surgery in the lead up to the fight adding to a long history of injuries and anything but a win for the Londoner all but ends his boxing career.
Haye heads into the all British fight as favourite once again after blaming his shock loss to Bellew on a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered in the sixth round. Whether his body can hold up to a potential 12 rounds is still to be seen but he will have to change his tactics after Bellew withstood a barrage of his famous Hayemakers.
Lose to @TonyBellew and it’s his career over and a complete life change. Secure #Revenge and @anthonyfjoshua is next, according to @SkyJohnnyNelson. Don’t miss @mrdavidhaye laying it all on the line on @SkySports Box Office on May 5th. #HayeBellew2 pic.twitter.com/Qs7edcQ32j
— Hayemaker Boxing (@HayemakerBoxing) May 2, 2018
The two key elements for Haye will be staying clear of injury and looking to carry a more measured approach – if the Bermondsey-born fighter is successful on these fronts he’ll more than likely thrive in the latter rounds and ultimately have his arm raised in victory come the end of the night.
Tony Bellew (age: 35/ height: 6 ft 3in/ fights: 32/ won: 29/ knockouts: 19)
Bellew will walk out at the O2 as he did the previous fight with the tag of underdog but the Liverpudlian has built a career on defying the odds and will no doubt thrive on this again come fight night.
The Bomber is known for his dogged approach and he’ll need it if he is to frustrate Haye for a second time. The Matchroom fighter isn’t known for his power and possesses a less than impressive knockout rate of just under 60 percent.
But if Bellew sticks to the template that worked so well for him last year, he’ll be in with a shout of upsetting the pre-fight predictions. If the 35-year-old can endure the early rounds backing him to win on points could be a smart move.
Estimated 10.30pm ring walks
Tony Bellew vs David Haye
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