Tony Bellew (28-2-1, 18 KOs) is planning on taking heavyweight David Haye (28-2, 26 KOs) past the 4th round in their fight on March 4th, and then drown him in the later rounds of the fight when the two of them meet at the O2 Arena in London, England. Bellew, 33, believes that Haye has stamina problems due to him not training the way he’s supposed do. Bellew’s goal is to take advantage of Haye’s stamina issues by forcing him into the second half of their fight on Sky Box Office PPV so that he can get a knockout over him.
Bellew is coming up in weight from cruiserweight where he holds the WBC title. He’s reportedly weighing 220lbs right now, but he’s not an in shape 220. He’s taking weight off to get down to 205lbs for the fight. Haye has been fighting in the 227 pound range since making his comeback earlier this year. Haye will have a big weight advantage over Bellew if he chooses to come into the fight at 205lbs. Even if Bellew decides to stay heavy at 220lbs, he’s not going to be as solid as Haye, who carries very little fat on his 6’3” frame.
Bellew said this to RingTV.com about his fight against Haye on March 4:
“If this fight goes past four rounds, I am going to drown David Haye, physically drown him,” said Bellew. ”He does not have the cardio; he does not have the timing, the longevity because he takes breaks. He wants to party; he doesn’t want to live the right life,” Bellew said.
It’s possible that Haye might have stamina problems that can be exposed under the right conditions, but that would require that Bellew take him past the 4th round. That’s not likely going to happen if Haye can get to Bellew’s chin early in the fight. Bellew was obliterated by Adonis Stevenson in 6 rounds in 2013. That was the biggest puncher with hand speed that Bellew has faced during his career, and he failed that test badly.
Haye is bigger and stronger than Stevenson. He might not be quite as fast as him, but he definitely is the stronger puncher. Bellew is going to need to focus on his boxing skills against Haye in the early going if he wants to get positive results from that fight. He can’t afford to stand in there and trade with him for any length of time without getting knocked out.
“For me, either one of us lands heavy the first four rounds, either one of us can go,” said Bellew. “I’m under no illusions. Is he going to clinch and stuff? David Haye thinks I’m going to run. I ain’t going to run.”