Tony Bellew insists his game plan will not change ahead of his rematch against David Haye

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Bellew has won 29 of his 32 professional fights - his last coming against Haye

Bellew has won 29 of his 32 professional fights – his last coming against Haye

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Tony Bellew has claimed he does not have anything to prove after it was announced his rematch with David Haye will take place on May 5th, which talkSPORT will be broadcasting live and exclusively. 

The scouser claimed a surprise eleventh-round victory over ‘The Hayemaker’ in their first bout in March, but their rematch scheduled for December 17th was called off after Haye reportedly sustained a freak injury. 

Speaking to talkSPORT’s Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy on The Sports Bar, ‘The Bomber’ suggested the rematch would not be as long as their last encounter.  

Bellew said: “I don’t have a point to prove because once again I’m going to be a huge underdog. I don’t have any more points to prove.

“David Haye is a fantastic fighter. He is very fast and very dangerous and his explosiveness is on another level and he’s probably still even now the biggest one-punching heavyweight boxer on the planet. 

“What I will say is that this fight will not be as long as the last one because once David [Haye] incurred that injury in the sixth round, he just went into defensive mode.

“He waited for me to attack and then swung heavy heavy punches.

“My game plan is not going to change. If anyone’s game plan is going to change it’s going to be David’s. He was coming in lighter for this fight. I saw a video of him in his training session the Wednesday before he got his freak injury and he looked very light, very sharp and very dangerous. 

“The bad thing for him is that he hasn’t fought someone like me who can adapt their game mid-fight. 

Bellew also hinted that his next opponent could be Tyson Fury, who could make a return to the ring subject to a UK Anti-Doping hearing. 

And Bellew, 35, said this would be a better spectacle instead of taking on Anthony Joshua or Joseph Parker after Haye. 

Bellew added: “Tyson Fury has been out of the ring for over two years. He’s not stronger than me. He doesn’t hit harder than me. He’s never been a concussive puncher.

“The only advantage Tyson Fury brings is his weight and his height.”

 

 

 



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