David Haye vs Tony Bellew Betting Preview

David Haye vs Tony Bellew Betting Preview

David Haye vs Tony Bellew Betting Preview

This Saturday sees one of the most anticipated fights of the year so far as the rematch of Tony Bellew (29-2-1; 19 KOs) and David Haye (28-3; 26 KOs) takes place at the 02 Arena in London. Bellew caused a massive upset when he won the first fight back in March 2017 when he stopped an injury stricken Haye in round 11 as Haye’s corner threw in the towel due to an achilles injury. Bellew stepped up two weights from Cruiserweight to Heavyweight to fight Haye and beat the former Heavyweight Champion and if history repeats itself on Saturday it may be the last we see of Haye in a boxing ring.

Do or die for Haye

David Haye knows that he needs to win here to have any chance of returning to the top of the heavyweight division. At the age of 37 Haye won’t have too many more fights left in him and the Londoner knows how important this fight is. Haye used to run the Cruiserweight division and was a WBA Heavyweight Champion so was expected to dominate Bellew in the first fight but injury or not he ended up losing. Haye was on top up until the injury however and the injury Haye picked up in round 6 of the fight left him severely hampered and left him barely able to walk let alone fight. Haye still fought on until round 11 when his corner decided it was time to throw in the towel. In the 5 rounds before Haye tore his achilles he was up 4-1 on most people’s scorecards and if he can repeat the start that he had than it’s hard to look past Haye this weekend.  Haye also has the advantage in power as well and was outboxing Bellew before the injury in the last fight. Haye has weighed in 4 pounds lighter than he did in the last fight under advice from his new coach Ismael Salas so expect to see a quicker Haye than we saw in the last fight to match the power advantage he has over Bellew.

More pressure on Bellew?

Tony Bellew was on a massive high after winning the first fight 14 months ago but the postponement of this fight from December hasn’t gone in favour of ‘The Bomber’. Bellew was the more active fighter last time around and the delay now means its 14 months since either fighter has fought, which will be a major disadvantage to Bellew. ‘The Bomber’ had something on Haye in the last fight that had never really happened to the ‘Hayemaker’ before. Bellew was quicker than Haye, he could see Haye’s wild attacks coming and was able to avoid them. Bellew has also spoken a lot in the build up to the fight about Haye’s stamina problems and you’d think the Liverpoodlian’s best chance is if he can survive until the latter rounds and see if Haye’s body can hold up. There’s a pressure on Tony Bellew that there wasn’t last year however. Bellew wasn’t supposed to win the first fight. Haye was supposed to be too powerful, too fast and too big for Bellew but the scouser still managed to pick up a win. Now the questions put pressure on Bellew. How much of the win was down to Haye’s injury? how much of it was down to Bellew himself? Bellew has pressure on him this time and despite the mental edge he may have gained on Haye during the press conference, this pressure could be on his mind come fight night.

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With all this taken into account we believe that Haye will go one step greater in the rematch on Saturday. It’s a must win for the ‘Hayemaker’ and with the coaching of Salas we believe that Haye has got it right this time around and will win this weekend.  Haye has the power advantage and with him coming in much lighter this time around than last time, he’ll be much quicker than he was in the last fight and that should be enough to break Bellew’s tough defence down. With that in mind we’ve made our picks for the fight this weekend.

Haye to win by KO/TKO in round 5, 6 or 7: (7/2 at SkyBet)

Haye to win in rounds 7-12 or on points: (6/4 at BetVictor)

Over 1.5 knockdowns: (5/4 at SkyBet)