David Haye Vs Tony Bellew – Preview and Prediction

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In what was a somewhat surprising match up when it was announced WBC Cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew will move up to heavyweight to face explosive and hard hitting former heavyweight champion David Haye.

No title will be on the line for this bout, however it has generated a huge amount of hype here in the UK, the match up will be shown live on Sky Box Office in the UK, those stateside can watch it live on TV station AWE.

The build up to this fight has had plenty of controversy with both fighters making bold statements in trying to win the mind games, there seems to be plenty of needle and a genuine dislike for each other.

Bellew is currently riding the crest of a wave, after two failed world title attempts at light heavyweight he moved up to the cruiserweight division in 2014 and has since put together 8 straight victories and has become WBC world champion in the process, a great feat for The Bomber who at times looked nothing more than a fringe contender at light heavyweight.

Haye on the other hand is on the comeback trail having retired in 2012 after citing a shoulder injury as the cause, three and a half years on he came out of retirement to face WBA top 10 ranked opponent Mark De Mori in January 2016, and unbeaten heavyweight Arnold Gjergjaj in May 2016. Both bouts were televised on channel Dave.

In both fights Haye quickly dismantled his opponents within two rounds and was largely criticised for the level of opponents he had chosen. What I feel angered boxing fans the most was that Haye was selling these fights as really tough tests when in fact more knowledgeable fans of the sport knew these were nothing but circus shows against club level opposition, regardless of long lay off or shoulder injury these were complete mismatches.

This leaves the question – has Haye had enough preparation since his retirement to now step in against a world champion in Tony Bellew?

Despite the fact Bellew is stepping up to heavyweight for the first time as a professional he did campaign at heavyweight as an amateur so its not an entirely new dimension for The Bomber. Haye was also better known as unified cruiserweight champion in the best days of his career.

The bookmakers are giving Bellew little chance to upset the Hayemaker this weekend with Bellew being available as wide as 6/1 to just win the contest with Haye around the 1/5-1/6 mark at most books. The most favoured method of victory is Haye by KO/TKO which is just 3/10.

I have to say I agree entirely with the traders this weekend, I don’t see this as a competitive bout and I can only see one winner this weekend and that is David Haye, and by stoppage.

Despite his lay off David Haye remains one of the quickest and hardest hitting heavyweights in the division and I just don’t see how Bellew, who isn’t the quickest of fighters copes with the speed of the Haye, and Bellew is vulnerable to that overhand right which is Haye’s best punch for me.

I see this fight ending early, Bellew who can box well but has shown in his past couple of fights he lacks very little discipline and is easily dragged into a shoot out, if that happens it will suit David Haye who will find openings early and exploit them and if he lands clean on Bellew I think Bellew stays hit.

Despite all the hype I just don’t see this as a competitive fight however hope I am proven wrong and we get a fight worthy of all the build up and hype, my feeling however is Bellew is out of his depth in this one.

There isn’t too much value to find in this one I am afraid but if you are looking to bet it I would look at the under round market, under 4.5 is above evens at 11/10 and that is where I will be putting a small stake this weekend.

PREDICTION: HAYE KO3 

BETTING TIP: 1 pt on under 4.5 rounds 11/10 Bet365 

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