- Bermondsey-born David ‘Hayemaker’ Haye has fought 30 matches since becoming a professional fighter in 2002, winning 28 of them (26 by KO), and losing two (one by KO). The former heavyweight champion hasn’t lost a fight since July 2011, when Wladimir Klitschko won by unanimous decision, and he has had three fights since, two of which took place last year following his return from a break of some three-and-a-half years. In January 2016, he beat Mark de Mori, and in May 2016, he beat Arnold Gjergjaj, both successes being achieved by TKO.
- Tony ‘Bomber’ Bellew turned professional in October 2007 and has had a total of 31 fights. He has won 28 of those (18 by KO), lost two (one by KO) and drawn one. Bellew is the current WBC cruiserweight champion, and has held British light-heavyweight and Commonwealth light-heavyweight titles. The Liverpool-born fighter hasn’t lost a bout since November 2013, when Adonis Stevenson beat him by TKO, so he will come here on the back of eight consecutive victories.
David Haye has the best chance as far as his overall percentage of wins by KO is concerned (87% compared with Bellew’s 58%), and he also holds the accolade of being only the second fighter to unify the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions, so it is no surprise to see him being offered at a short price for this match against Bellew. He is now 36-years-old, and has won two from two matches since he returned from his hiatus in 2016, but we do wonder if he isn’t getting to the stage where he is vulnerable to a shock result, and that makes his price unappealing for the outright win.
Tony Bellew is a couple of years younger than Haye, at 34, and whilst he doesn’t have the world heavyweight champion title on his CV, he will be keen to exact revenge for some of the very questionable comments that Haye has made in the pre-fight build-up. Whilst the odds offered by the bookmakers don’t suggest that he will win this match, we have a gut feeling that he will put up a much stronger fight than Haye’s favourite status would have us believe.
Whether or not Bellew will manage to surprise the bookies by achieving a shock win here remains to be seen, but we quite fancy the match being over quickly. We will therefore anticipate a short but brutal match and will opt for the fight to be over before the starting bell of the seventh round.
- Sports.net’s Top Tip – Under 7 Rounds – 4/7
*Please note, odds may fluctuate in the lead-up to the fight.