By Juan Flores: David Haye (28-3, 26 KOs) is not injured according to promoter Eddie Hearn, who wanted to address the rumors that have been circulating around since last week. Hearn says Sky Sports has already talked to the 36-year-old Haye, and he’s injury free at the moment.
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew and David Haye will be soon facing each other in a rematch on December 17 at the O2 Arena in London, England. Bellew, 34, thinks Haye hates him after getting stopped in the 11th round by him last March in London.
By Harry Rowland: Tony Bellew has bitten off more than he can chew with this one, as David Haye trumps him in speed, power, strength, size, height, reach, weight, skill and experience. The only two attributes in Bellew’s favor are age and activity. At 34, Bellew is only 2 years younger so this doesn’t count for much. What does count however is the gap in recent activity. This factor is the one thing Bellew and his fans are clinging to as the only hope of an upset.
By Gav Duthie: On Saturday evening David Haye 28-2 (26) will yet again make a lot of money for doing very little. In my opinion he faces a badly over-matched Tony Bellew in a low risk high reward fight which will do little for either fighters legacy apart from earning a significant purse. My writing style doesn’t normally lend itself to criticizing fighters but this shouldn’t be viewed as a 50/50 fight.
David Haye should win this within a few rounds and I hope I’m wrong but this is to me is no more than a re run of David Haye v Audley Harrison. This is like Christmas day for David. This fight is pure circus. Bellew’s delusion has started this and Haye will finish it. I’ve never seen so much hype for such a one sided fight.
By Scott Gilfoid: David Haye outweighed Tony Bellew by 11 pounds at Friday’s weigh-in for their fight this Saturday night on Sky Box Office pay-per-view from the O2 Arena in London, England. Haye (28-2 26 KOs) weighed in at 224 ½ lbs. and looked in great shape without nary a pound of fat on him.
By Ryan Allan: In sport, there is little to match the hype and hubris that surrounds a big fight week and this coming Saturday, two of the sport’s biggest protagonists come head-to-head as former Heavyweight champion David Haye finally takes on WBC Cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew in a non-title fight in the heavyweight division in what has become one of the sport’s biggest and perhaps unlikeliest grudge matches.
In the past weeks and months, both fighters disdain for each other has manifested itself in a serious of heated exchanges where both have stepped over the line and in some cases, stormed right through it, barely stopping to admire their work as the verbal sparring (and in one instance, a physical altercation) has brought this fight to the attention of more than just your regular die-hard boxing fans. The animosity seems to be real, the hatred is quite obvious and nothing sells pay-per-view tickets faster than a fight where both men show a clearly and utter dislike for each other.
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn says David Haye (28-2, 26 KOs) can forget about fighting IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua if he loses his fight this Saturday night against Tony Bellew (28-2-1, 18 KOs) on Sky Box Office pay-per-view. Hearn promotes Bellew, and he wants him to win the fight, as does Joshua. Haye vs. Joshua would be a huge money fight, but Hearn and Joshua seem to be less than thrilled at the idea of making that fight for some reason.
By Scott Gilfoid: David Haye (28-2, 26 KOs) plans on thrashing cruiserweight Tony Bellew (28-2-1, 18 KOs) on Saturday night by doing a real destructive job on him in front of the boxing fans at the O2 Arena in London, England. While Bellew has done a great talking of talking as if he’s the favorite in this fight, the reality is he’s the underdog and has very little chance of winning aside from an injury to Haye. For a lot of boxing fans, they’re hoping that Bellew can make it out of the 1st round. To those fans, they see that as a major victory for Bellew if he can make it to the 2nd round. The fight is such a mismatch that many of the boxing fans aren’t even giving the stork-like Bellew even a sliver of a chance.
In Bellew’s recent surprising 3rd round knockout victory over Ilunga Makabu last year in May 2016 Liverpool, he lucked out when the South African fighter made a tactical mistake in backing against the ropes and covering up instead of staying in the center of the ring. Bellew unloaded on Makabu with a flurry of head shots to score a fast knockout.
By The Commissioner: An all British heavyweight Pay-Per-View spectacular is almost upon us and casual boxing fans – I’d like to say ‘everywhere’ but really it’s mainly in the U.K. – are excited at the prospect of this Saturdays match up between Bermondsey’s ex-WBA Heavyweight Champion David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye and Liverpool’s WBC Cruiserweight Champion Tony ‘The Bomber’ Bellew at the O2 Arena in London. In a fight which bookies heavily favour the home fighter David Haye, the casual boxing fan is hoping to see fireworks whereas the more hardcore fight aficionados are just hoping to see some competitive action.
I personally believe that writing off Tony Bellew is unwise, I can’t argue with the logic of that view but I would suggest that persons who hold this belief remember a couple of fighters from yesteryear; Michael Spinks and Evander Holyfield.
By Scott Gilfoid: Adam Booth, the former trainer of David Haye, sees him beating cruiserweight Tony Bellew this Saturday night in their big fight at the O2 Arena in London, England. However, Booth is giving the 33-year-old Bellew (28-2-1, 18 KOs) a chance of winning the fight if he can take Haye deep into the fight.
Booth isn’t sure about what kind of condition Haye will be for the fight, because he didn’t put himself through a grueling camp. Booth notes that Haye’s last two fights against heavyweights Mark De Mori and Arnold Gjergjaj both ended early with 1st round knockouts. With Haye not having gone 12 rounds since his fight against Wladimir Klitschko in 2011, there is definitely some question marks in terms of his stamina.