What Happened in Bellew v Haye 1?
The first bout between these two in March 2017 was an explosive, all-action scrap, with a heated war of words cranking up the animosity between the pair pre-fight. Bellew - heavily unfancied by several bookmakers before a single punch had been thrown - was fighting at heavyweight for the first time in his career.
Despite his underdog status, Bellew shook the boxing world by dramatically stopping an exhausted Haye in round 11, who suffered an achilles injury in round six, severely hampering his movement. Haye had to undergo surgery post-fight, and has always maintained the injury was his undoing in the ring, rather than Bellew.
A rematch was initially scheduled for 17th December 2017, but Haye had to reluctantly pull out after undergoing surgery again, this time on a torn bicep following a ‘freak accident’. However, now Haye is back up to full fitness following a prolonged spell in rehab, all eyes will be on the O2 Arena for the highly-anticipated rematch between these two British bruisers.
Can The Bomber deliver yet another knockout blow?
35-year-old Bellew, a former cruiserweight world champion with a 29-2-1 record, has undergone a 14-week training camp for this rematch under the watchful eye of trainer Dave Coldwell. The Liverpudlian is priced at 9/5 to emerge victorious in London and, fourteen months on from turning the boxing world upside down, Bellew has bullishly stated he will do it all over again by stopping Haye inside eight rounds.
Ahead of the fight, Bellew, who’s 7/2 to win by KO, TKO or DQ, said: “It’s been a tough camp, a hard camp, but I’m in fantastic shape. The training levels have been taken up. All my numbers have gone up from my stats. I'm 35, so it doesn't get any easier, it gets tougher.
"But the fact my numbers are still going up, shows that I'm still improving. I'm still getting physically better with each and every camp", he continued. Bellew sounds confident in his own ability, safe in the knowledge he’s already beaten Haye once, and believing he can do it again. If he looks for a fast start in the early rounds and can match Haye’s speed, the 33/1 odds for Bellew in the Round 5 Betting markets could look good.
Will The Hayemaker right the wrongs from the first fight?
Haye has swapped trainers since the crushing loss to Bellew, teaming up with the widely respected Cuban trainer Ismael Salas in July 2017, in place of Shane McGuigan. Haye - who’s 5/1 to secure victory by Decision or Technical Decision - has claimed he’s in his best shape and conditioning for years after teaming up with Salas, who has previously worked with the likes of Jorge Linares, Guillermo Rigondeaux and Nonito Donaire.
Now 37-years-old, Haye was once a dominant force in the cruiserweight division, holding three world titles back in 2008 to unify the division. He then bravely moved up to heavyweight to face bigger punchers and more dangerous fighters, and although a former world heavyweight champion in his own right with a 28-3 record, Haye has suffered multiple injuries since turning professional in 2002.
Haye was expected to retire again after his shock loss to Bellew, but he’s clearly eager to prove his doubters wrong, believing he still has a lot to offer in the division. Round Betting odds for Haye to win in Round 10 can be found at 25/1, and Haye is also 4/5 to walk away the winner by KO, TKO or DQ.
Sports.net’s Top Tip for Bellew v Haye
Money-spinning, show-stopping fights against Joseph Parker or Tyson Fury could be on the cards for the winner of Bellew v Haye, and despite 25/1 odds for a Draw or Technical Draw, there will surely be a winner. Although Bellew claimed victory in the first fight through sheer guts and determination, it cannot be ignored that Haye was significantly hampered by his achilles injury. If the Londoner’s body holds up this time, there could be a knockout victory for Haye in the latter rounds, leading to a potential third bout in a three-fight trilogy between these two warriors to settle this once and for all.
David Haye Round 9-12
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.