The biggest fight of the year so far is nearly upon us with the much-anticipated dust-up between David Haye and Tony Bellew now just hours away.
Having witnessed all of the trash talk, insults and bad blood between the pair it’s fair to say that it’s probably about time we focussed on matters inside the ring.
And to help us break down the heavyweight contest we’ve once again enlisted the services of Boxing trader, Adam Williamson.
David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye (28-2,26KO) is the former world heavyweight champion with Tony ‘The Bomber’ Bellew (28-2,18KO) stepping up from cruiserweight for the first time.
Does 36-year-old Haye retain the ability that’s made him such a huge box office draw?
Can Bellew live with the power of his opponent?
Here’s how the bookies are calling it…
Ladbrokes News: Haye is the huge favourite. Do you see him easily justifying those skinny odds?
Adam Williamson: I’d say the prices are about right. If the fight was made three years ago, Haye would be 1/20.
There are a lot of question marks about Haye these days though. How is his shoulder? Is he carrying an Achilles injury? How are the reflexes at 36-years-old?
Has he got the stamina if it does go beyond three rounds?
LN: Interesting. Haye has hardly fought noteworthy opposition since making his comeback but he’s defended that by stating both Mark de Mori and Arnold Gjergjaj would beat Bellew. What’s your take on that?
AW: Haye was 1/16 to beat De Mori and 1/50 against Gjergjaj. Bellew would’ve been a big favourite to beat both though, at a combined hypothetical price of 1/5.
LN: Quite simply, how can Bellew beat Haye?
AW: Bellew is a decent puncher at Cruiserweight, but by no means a great ‘boxer’. He is adaptable though, and changes his style throughout fights.
But can he take the power of a fast heavyweight? He was well knocked out by Adonis Stevenson down at Light-Heavyweight. Admittedly though, he was probably struggling to make the weight by that point in his career.
Will his chin hold up? If it does, he may be able to bully Haye after the first few rounds and cause problems.
LN: What’s your best bet for the fight?
AW: Ultimately, I see Haye being too slick and powerful for Bellew and, after some entertainment, Haye to win in Round 5 at 8/1. The fight to be decided in Rounds 4-6 is 11/5 and that represents decent value too.
You’ve heard from the expert but how do you see the big fight panning out?
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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing