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Breakdown: Haye vs. Bellew II preview & prediction

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One of boxing’s big fights this week takes place in the UK where David Haye and Tony Bellew meet once again.

This Saturday, fans of Heavyweight boxing will be tuned in to London for the rematch between David Haye (28-3; 26 KOs) and Tony Bellew (29-2-1; 19 KOs). The two men first met a year ago, with Bellew taking a TKO win after Haye injured his ankle. The fight takes place this Saturday, May 5 at the O2 Arena in London and airs live on Sky Box Office in the UK with a fight time of 1:00 p.m. ET.

How do these two stack up?

Haye: 37 years old | 6’3” | 78″ reach | orthodox stance
Bellew: 35 years old | 6’3″ | 74″ reach | orthodox stance

What have these two done recently?

Haye: L – Tony Bellew (TKO) | W – Arnold Gjergjaj (TKO) | W – Mark de Mori (TKO)
Bellew: W – David Haye (TKO) | W – BJ Flores (KO) | W – Junior Makabu (KO)

How did these two get here?

David Haye spent many years as a brash and highly talented Cruiserweight before stepping up and becoming a brash Heavyweight champion in 2009. His biggest fight came in 2011 when he lost a grudge match to Wladimir Klitschko. After a 2012 fight, Haye stepped away from boxing, dealing with various injuries. In 2016 he returned. He had two fights against somewhat comically overmatched opponents before the Bellew fight. That fight gave pause to many of Haye’s critics as he kept going after the ankle injury, showing a grit not everyone thought he had. Haye is clearly not going to be a top level Heavyweight at this point, but he still has something in him for sure.

Like Haye, Bellew spent the majority of his career down a weight at Light Heavyweight. He has a 2013 title fight loss to Adonis Stevenson, and look to be stalled out as a fringe contender unable to win at the big international level. Then he stepped up to Cruiserweight and is undefeated since the move, somewhat surprisingly giving his career a huge boost, and finally winning a world title in 2016. The Haye fight was his Heavyweight debut, and was a fight few expected him to win. His job now is to prove that win was due to his skill, not Haye’s injury.

What can fans expect?

This one largely hinges on the drive of David Haye. This return was, you have to suspect, meant as a cash grab. A chance to take some strategically booked fights, earn some wins and some money, and move on. But Bellew came in determined not to be a pushover, and suddenly, Haye finds himself in a fight. Now, that said, it has to be noted that when Haye got injured last time out he did not roll over and quit but kept in it. And now he’s coming back for more. My take: Haye doesn’t take this fight without taking it seriously. He may have been a bit lax last time – he won’t be this time.
Prediction: David Haye, UD

Who should watch?

There’s no title on the line, and these guys aren’t anywhere close to Heavyweight’s top 10, but it’s a good fight, with an interesting story and some great personalities. I’m in. You should be too.


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