By Allan McGoldrick / @AMCGUK
This Saturday May 5th at the O2 Arena sees one of the most highly anticipated British fights in recent history as Tony Bellew (29-2-1, 19KO) and David Haye (28-3-0, 26 KO) come face-to-face again in a Heavyweight rematch of their first fight which took place in March 2017 at the same venue.
Bellew, (35) won the pair’s previous fight in which an Achilles injury in the sixth round to Haye (37) somewhat hampered Haye’s performance resulting in an 11th-round stoppage. Leaving unfinished business between the pair, “this fight will settle the score and retire David Haye…” Bellew has said.
Both men will step into the ring for the first time in the 14 months since their first encounter.
This time it is billed “The Rematch”,
Haye, who has 28 wins from his 31 fights as a professional, has vowed it will be “Revenge” this time round and Bellew won’t see the final Bell.
Haye said: “Last time round I was a bit angry, this time round, not so much. I’ve trained very hard. He raised his game (in the first fight) and I expect the same on Saturday night.
“The last fight was a cracker, everyone enjoyed it, apart from me. I’m going to do what I tried to do last time, but failed miserably – you’re going to see the end of Tony Bellew.”
Haye has been pretty inactive due to injury since 2012 winning bouts against, Derek Chisora, Mark De Mori, Arnold Gjergjaj prior to his last defeat to Bellew.
In this rematch what could play out depends on who can be disciplined emotionally and who wants it more.
Haye believes his emotions where a big factor in the first defeat by trying to KO Bellew from round one, you could not question his heart since he carried on with the injury until round 11 only for the towel to be thrown in by his trainer at the time Shane McGuigan.
Technically Bellew will tell you himself, Haye is the more skilled fighter however he does not have the boxing brain nor heart of his opponent.
Tony Bellew goes in to this epic UK rematch full of confidence and believes he sees other weaknesses within Haye’s armour.
During an interview with the BBC’s 5 Live Boxing podcast, Bellew, explained to boxing analysts Steve Bunce and Mike Costello regarding Haye’s weakness around the temple and both agreed.
“I do remember in the build up to Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg in 2011, everybody was saying on the outside… felt Haye didn’t have a prayer and were saying the first time Klitschko connects with one of those big right hands, it is all over.
Steve Bunce added “At least half a dozen times Klitschko connected with those big right hands but interestingly, and I’ve watched it back since Tony Bellew said this, he connected on the chin of David Haye.
“He is weak around the temple and the guy that proved that is called Lolenga Mock, he caught David Haye high on the temple [in his seventh fight in 2003]. That is where he gets hurt, so he is absolutely right, Tony Bellew,” Steve Bunce continued.
Bellew’s popularity has increased and we have seen a much more likeable character who relates to the working class fans.
Tony Bellew won the vacant WBC cruiserweight title when he beat Illunga Makabu in May 2016 at Everton Football Club’s ground – Goodson Park, Bellew does not hold the WBC title now, he is regarded as the Emeritus champion.
What happens on Saturday night will determine whether David Haye can go on to make noise in the Heavyweight division again.
Does Haye have it in him to dig deep anymore and stay injury free?, can he beat a much improved fighter in Bellew.
If Haye loses, he says it’s over, Tony Bellew whereas can look at a potential clash with the winner of the WBSS Cruiserweight Final between Usyk vs. Gassiev.
Last time out, a spectacular showing was given to the boxing world, will Bellew beat the odds again at the weekend to repeat defeat to Haye?.
Tune in Saturday night to find out!.
Tony Bellew Vs. David Haye will be live and exclusive on Sky Sports Box Office.
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