Cruiserweight Tony Bellew (28-2-1, 18 KOs) believes that former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (28-2, 26 KOs) is wasting his time hoping for a fight against IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) in 2017, because he’s going to beat him to prevent that fight from ever materializing.
Bellew and Haye will be fighting on March 4 on Sky Box Office pay-per-view at the O2 Arena in London, England. Bellew is the underdog in the fight, but he believes he’s got the power, chin, and the game plan to defeat the 36-year-old Haye. Bellew thinks that Haye’s inactivity in the last four years will hurt him for this fight.
Haye hasn’t had a real fight in four years since his win over Dereck Chisora in 2012. Hayes only two fights since then came against the badly over-matched Mark De Mori and Arnold Gjergjai.
Bellew said this to skysports.com about him keeping Haye from getting the Joshua fight:
“David Haye is wasting his time watching Joshua because he’s not going to get the chance to fight him if I’ve got anything to do with it, and I will have plenty to do with it,” said Bellew.
Bellew, 33, has his own designs on getting a fight against Joshua, and he’s not going to let Haye take him away from getting that fight. It would be a tremendous payday for Bellew if he were to fight Joshua. We’re talking life changing money, and Haye is standing in Bellew’s way right now as an obstacle.
Bellew wants to take Haye out of the equation by knocking him out and then moving forward to fight Joshua himself. A win for Bellew would also open up the opportunities to fight heavyweights Wladimir Klitschko, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder. The money that Bellew can make fighting the top heavyweights would absolutely dwarf the paydays he’s made as a cruiserweight and light heavyweight during his nine-year pro career in boxing.
“If Haye wants to try and do that, he’s got to come through me on March 4, and I am going to knock him out,” said Bellew. ”He hasn’t had a live opponent for five years. Make no mistake, once I knock him out, I will be the man to beat.”
I don’t know if I agree with Bellew about him being the man to beat if he gets past Haye. I do think that his promoter Eddie Hearn will match Bellew up quickly with Joshua, who he also promotes. That’s a given. It might be a little more difficult for Bellew to get fights against Klitschko, Fury or Wilder.