Trash talking prior to a fight is nothing new in boxing. However, David Haye’s Saturday night heavyweight clash with Tony Bellew has been viewed by many as stepping over the mark.
Press conferences have been laden with expletives, threats have been in abundance and a general hatred appears to exist between the two that delves deeper than just putting on a show to sell tickets at the box office.
The O2 will be the venue for this clash which is fast in danger of becoming better known for its pre-fight build up than the potential action in ring, however, come Saturday night, all the talk ends and it will be time for the fighter’s skill with their hands to steal the show.
Fight History – David Haye
The Hayemaker is probably best known for losing to an in form Wladimir Klitschko in 2011, although that is only a fraction of Hayes career.
The 36-year-old started his career fighting at cruiserweight and in 2007, Haye defeated Frenchmen Jean-Marc Mormeck to win the WBA and WBC Cruiserweight titles.
A year later, Haye, unified the cruiserweight division in all British title fight at Saturday nights venue by beating Enzo Maccarinelli by Technical Knockout.
That unification prompted Haye to step-up to heavyweight and in only his second fight at that level, he claimed the WBA Heavyweight title from Russian giant Nikolai Valuev in a majority decision.
Retirement followed in 2012 after beating fellow Brit Dereck Chisora in an ill-tempered affair to claim the WBO International heavyweight title before making his comeback in 2016 where he has since beaten Australian Mark de Mori and Swiss Arnold Gjergjaj.
Fight History – Tony Bellew
Like David Haye, Bellew has also had a long career, although, unlike Haye, Bellew’s has been spent solely at Cruiserweight.
After marking his debut with a win over fellow Brit Jamie Ambler in 2007, Bellew has since gone on to win and reclaim the WBC Cruiserweight title.
Bellew is probably best known for his two fights with highly rated Brit Nathan Cleverly. The two first met in 2011 where it was Cleverly who took away the spoils in a majority decision.
However, three years later, Bellew, would get his revenge with a split decision victory in his home city of Liverpool.
An impressive victory over American BJ Flores last time out for Bellew will give him belief that it is the right decision to face Haye at heavyweight as opposed to his favoured Cruiserweight.
David Haye can boast experience and titles at heavyweight whereas Bellew is stepping up to this level for the first time, this is reflected in the betting with Haye clear favourite at 2/17 with us.
That said, Bellew’s natural weight is the same as Haye’s and he actually loses weight for his cruiserweight fights meaning he should be more comfortable than people perceive.
Haye is perhaps the more skilful and prolific boxer and should get the job done but it won’t be easy.
Get on this one to all the way with odds of 17/10 for there to be over 7.5 rounds with us.