Tony Bellew and David Haye will go toe-to-toe for the second time on Saturday night when they meet for their rematch at the O2 Arena in London.
Bellew was victorious when the two last traded blows in March 2017, and Haye was forced to pull out of the rematch in December. Both are now ready to be unleashed for Haye Bellew II.
Our Grosvenorsport.com boxing expert gives us his thoughts ahead of the weekend.
Pressure on Bellew?
Last time these two faced off, Bellew stepped foot in the ring as the underdog, and promptly delivered an upset as Haye threw in the towel in the eleventh round that evening.
Despite the injury, there were no excuses from David Haye as he conceded the better fighter won. Following the fight, he stated his desire for a rematch and he’s got just that.
There’s more pressure on Bellew to deliver a similar result this time round, and the Liverpudlian will need to be on top form to take down Haye for a second time. Despite answering all his critics and doubters that evening, the question still lingers; how much was his win down to Haye’s injury?
One thing is for sure, Bellew will have the psychological edge for this – and that can count for plenty in the ring.
Hayemaker out to reap revenge
Haye would be first to admit he underestimated Bellew last time around and has reportedly altered his training schedule to be fully prepared for whatever Bellew has to throw at him.
The Londoner was expected to be too fast and too powerful for Bellew last year, but his fitness let him down again. Haye parted ways with trainer Shane McGuigan following the fight and hired Ismael Salas to help him challenge for another world title.
Many will be eager to see how Salas has helped Haye, but if he shows the form that saw him make light work of de Mori in 2015 and Gjergjaj in 2016 then he’ll be hard to handle and will cause Bellew problems.
Bet on Bellew
It depends what David Haye turns up for this one, but I think we will see a similar result. Bellew is like a fine wine and gets better with age. He fights better when he has a point to prove, and he’ll want to see off Haye once and for all.
While Haye may be in the shape of his life, Bellew has always produced stamina when it matters, and he thrives on the big stage.
I’m going to go all out and say we’ll be treated to a full twelve rounds on Saturday, and I think Bellew will take it on points. There’s value in this one too, with www.grosvenorsport.com offering 6/1 for that to happen.