Tony Bellew v David Haye – Preview and Prediction

Tony Bellew and David Haye will meet for the second time at the 02 Arena in a highly anticipated heavyweight rematch, will it be repeat or revenge this weekend? that is the question.

It has been just over a year since these two met in March 2017, on that night the heavy underdog Tony Bellew pulled off the upset, stopping Haye in 11 rounds. It was not without incident as with the fight evenly matched in the sixth round, Haye suffered an Achilles injury that all but ended any hope of victory.

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This time Haye claims he is fully fit and ready to avenge his defeat, proving that only injury prevented this inevitable outcome last time around, Bellew believes he will be ending Haye’s career this Saturday night.

While this fight has not perhaps captured the fans imagination like the first and with no titles or eliminators on the line it is hard to pinpoint its relevance here, however,  it is still an intriguing match-up between two former champions with a bit of needle and domestic spice added.

In the first fight most expected a comfortable night for Haye, Haye by knockout was the general consensus, however, it did not take long into the fight to realise that the likes of Mark De Mori and Arnold Gjergjaj, Hayes previous ‘comeback’ opponents had not prepared Haye for a world level opponent and that those fights had somewhat masked some father time decline.

Haye looked sluggish, lacked the devastating speed in his punches we were so used to seeing over the years and the elusive Bellew made him miss and made him pay at times, even before the 6th round injury this was a very close match up, neither were winning wide.

Both fighters are now at the back end of their careers, but at 37 years of age and having already previously retired and comeback I believe David Haye may well be having his final fight this Saturday night, only an emphatic and eye-catching victory over Tony Bellew this weekend could propel him back into any heavyweight division relevance.

I believe Bellew will repeat his victory against Haye this weekend, and between the two is the fighter with more left, Haye, however, will always be dangerous but I believe Bellew is the guy with more of his boxing faculties left, Haye I believe is a vastly declined fighter whose body just does not allow him to compete like old times.

In my opinion, the value in this fight lies with Bellew on points, which is a generous 6/1 at some books, I expect Bellew to be competitive all the way through the fight and outlast and outwork Haye in the later rounds to notch up a competitive points decision.

PREDICTION: BELLEW UD 

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