Former heavyweight champion David Haye has predicted a “pretty brutal, pretty fast” defeat for Tony Bellew when they meet at the O2 in London on March 4.
Liverpool fighter Bellew has been warned by Haye that he needs to rethink his usual tactics or risk incurring some real punishment in the ring.
Haye has dismissed Bellew’s criticism of his training camp in Miami after he arrived back in the United Kingdom to complete his big-fight preparation.
He has warned his heavyweight opponent to think carefully about how he approaches their bout. “I don’t know what he is going to do,” Haye told Sky Sports.
“I’m looking forward to seeing, I hope he does bring his A-game. “I hope he does do something I’m not expecting because if he doesn’t, if the usual Tony Bellew turns up, it’s going to be pretty brutal, pretty fast. It’s going to be very bad for his health.”
There has been no love lost between the pair ahead of the clash, with their most recent news conference resulting in a heated physical clash.
The pair will come face to face again in front of the media during fight week but Haye doesn’t intend on getting drawn into any pre-fight antics.
Haye labelled his opponent “moody” before insisting that Bellew is not in good enough physical shape.
“If you just listen to him, he’s just angry and moaning and moody. I don’t like that vibe. I like to stay well away from negative people as possible, and he’s very negative,” Haye added.
“He doesn’t live the life. He says he does, he talks it, but look at his body and you can see you have obviously been eating something you shouldn’t. “He obviously wasn’t training as hard as he should have been.”
Haye is 1.15 to defeat Bellew, who can be backed at 5.50 for their London date, with the draw 29.00.