VOW: David Haye has declared war on his opponent Tony Bellew
DAVID HAYE can’t wait to ‘legally’ punch Tony Bellew in the head and has promised to do ‘damage’ when the two meet up in the ring this weekend.
Fighting at heavyweight, the bookies have been slightly kinder to Liverpool fighter and World Boxing Organisation (WBO) cruiserweight champion Bellew, than many first predicted, with a healthy number of neutral observers believing the Everton fan can win.
Haye, 36, is adamant that the fight is as one-sided as a Floyd Mayweather bout. The London boxer said recently that he is ready to prove his worth in the ring even though Bellew is the man in form.
“He’s got under my skin, he’s got his wish, he’s wound me up. He’s said all the things that he needed to do to get my back up,” said Haye.
“I have trained hard, I have enjoyed my training.
“I can’t wait until March 4, when I am allowed to punch him legally, because I have done it before, I didn’t mean to do it, but tensions were high and I ended up punching him in the press conference. Things happen.
“I am going to make sure there’s a big space between us in the build-up to it, but once the bell rings I am al- lowed to do whatever the hell I want with my fists and I am going to do as much damage as possible.
“This fight has got people really riled up. It’s got opinions split. Am I the Hayemaker of old? Can I punch as I hard as I used to? What hap- pens if I get into the second half of the fight?
“Looking at Tony Bellew’s resume, recently, he’s the current world champion in this fight.
“He’s boxed regularly and had fantastic results. He’s got the better form going into this fight, so a few people are siding towards Tony Bellew, experts, people who know boxing.
“I personally see it as a really one-sided fight, but that’s me and I am sure he may see it the same way. I am calling it as I see it.”
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