Tony Bellew and David Haye take each other on this weekend in a grudge rematch between the two British heavyweights.
Tensions flared in a stare-off in the build-up to this clash as Bellew shoved ‘The Hayemaker’ before the pair were separated and we may well see some fireworks at the 02 Arena in London on Saturday.
Bellew is the 9/5 underdog despite winning their previous clash thanks to an 11th-round stoppage. That victory came as a result of Haye sustaining an Achilles injury in the sixth round although he fought on before his corner threw in the towel.
The 35-year-old was unable to take out an injured Haye last time, and may need his opponent to suffer another injury blow in the rematch if he is to secure a stoppage, while he was ahead on all of the judges’ scorecards when their previous meeting came to an end.
Bellew has produced surprises throughout his career, having downed old foe Nathan Cleverly in a rematch before overcoming Ilunga Makabu to land the WBC cruiserweight title and then, of course, his win over Haye.
However, he is fighting at heavyweight for just the second time in his career and, if fully fit, Haye’s power could prove the difference.
After his injury problems in recent years there will always be questions over Haye’s fitness.
The 37-year-old has said he will retire if he doesn’t win convincingly and if he is anywhere near the fighter he has been in the past he may well be able to become just the second man to stop Bellew inside the distance.
Bellew has good ring craft and should be able to soak up a bit of pressure and avoid the big shots early on, but Haye will find his range and land at some point and that could come in the middle rounds.
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