Underestimated Bellew ‘will give Haye a tough fight’

David Haye and Tony Bellew

David Haye weighed in during 16st 9oz for his quarrel with Tony Bellew, who weighed 15st 3lb 8oz

Tony Bellew has been “underestimated” in a rave to Saturday’s heavyweight quarrel with David Haye, says former universe champion Richie Woodhall.

WBC cruiserweight champion Bellew, 34, weighed in during 15st 3lb 8oz, lighter than 36-year-old Haye (16st 9oz).

The span again traded insults during London’s O2 Arena, where Haye starts as odds-on favourite with a bookmakers.

“I can’t trust people aren’t giving him a bigger chance,” pronounced Woodhall, a BBC Radio 5 live pundit.

“I don’t consider it’s a foregone conclusion. Everyone is observant a Haye early knockout though we consider it will be a tough quarrel for him.”

Bermondsey-born Haye was cheered by a large throng during Friday’s weigh-in as he prepares to quarrel during a venue usually 6 miles from where he grew up.

Only once in his 30-fight career has he weighed in heavier than for this bout.

The former WBA heavyweight champion mocked a physique of Bellew, who pronounced he was “over a moon” to see his opposition so heavy.

Will Haye run out of gas?


Bellew, who as recently as 2013 was fighting dual weight classes lower, reiterated his faith Haye would be brief on stamina in usually his third quarrel given returning from over 3 years out of a sport.

Woodhall believes Haye will be “extremely dangerous” early in a quarrel and expects Bellew to build his strategy around boring a knockout dilettante – who has been in usually 3 12-round contests – into a latter rounds.

“It’s a classical box of who will land a large shot,” combined 1988 Olympic bronze medallist Woodhall.

“Bellew’s initial idea will be to get by a initial 4 rounds, when we know Haye is during his many explosive. If he gets by he will not be home and dry by any means though his quarrel will afterwards start and he can consider about perplexing to mangle Haye down.

“The one thing opposite Haye is he’s usually fought a integrate of times given 2012. we consider he will only rest on removing Bellew out early.”

‘Neither one of them will be proud’

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David Haye v Tony Bellew: Fighters trade insults during press conference

Haye has been criticised for striking descriptions of how he intends to harm his opponent, while Bellew has actively followed a fight, job his enemy out publicly from a ring after a slight win in October.

The argument has meant both fighters have been kept detached by confidence in quarrel week, and a pre-fight face-off was also conducted with people between them.

British Boxing Board of Control ubiquitous secretary Robert Smith has voiced his beating in their behaviour.

“When it’s all over, they will demeanour behind and conjunction one of them will be unapproachable of beforehand,” combined Woodhall, 48. “You have to have a balance. We all wish a quarrel to sell though we don’t wish people indicating a finger during a competition of boxing.

“Psychologically, we consider Bellew has played a blinder. Haye has to control his emotions early on. If he ends adult overhanging early on, blank a target, afterwards a waves turns. we consider Bellew wants Haye to come out really aggressively.”

Haye is attempting to urge his record of 28 wins from 30 fights, while Bellew has 28 wins, dual waste and one pull on his record.

Intrigue on a undercard


Ohara Davies is dominant in 14 fights, while Derry Mathews is scheming for his 52nd contest

The sourness between Haye and Bellew has been mirrored by super-lightweight rivals Derry Mathews and Ohara Davies.

The span have intent in scornful amicable media exchanges and expletive-laden rants before a hitch that is a biggest of Davies’ 14-fight career, and could assistance 33-year-old Mathews keep hopes of another world-title shot alive.

Woodhall expects a welterweight quarrel between Sam Eggington and American Paulie Malignaggi to potentially take a show.

Malignaggi, 36, has been a universe champion during dual weights and has common a ring with stellar names such as Amir Khan, Adrian Broner and Danny Garcia.

Wales’ IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby will competition a non-title hitch opposite Spain’s Andoni Gago, while Ireland’s London 2012 Olympic champion Katie Taylor enters her third quarrel as a veteran when she faces Italy’s Monica Gentili, who has 6 wins and as many waste in her career.