Tony Bellew vs David Haye II

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Saturday, May 5, 2018
02 Arena (Millenium Dome), Greenwich, London, UK
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Prediction, part 1,

This should be an awesome fight! This rematch was very necessary, with the fireworks from the first fight, the upset, the drama surrounding it, the rematch was always a solid option.

David Haye is a very good fighter indeed, we all know that, he's a two weight world champion, he's a strong, fast, powerful athlete, he's agile, he's illusive, he can move his head, he really has the mentality to hurt his opponent, he lands on opponents when and where they are most vulnerable, Haye has a solid jab behind him as well. I've always believed David Haye was overrated, his achievements, they are facts, but the opinions that really cover him in glory, they are just that, opinions, and I have always disagreed.

I don't think Haye's the most adaptable fighter in the world, he has been at disadvantages in his career a few times, against Wladimir Klitschko, Nicolai Valuev, he was the shorter man, the smaller man. Whist I understand what kind of an advantage or disadvantage height, reach, natural size is, I also know that great fighters can work around disadvantages like this, for example, Joe Frazier, 5'11, 73", defeated the legendary Muhammad Ali, 6'3, 78", in 1971, and Evander Holyfield, former cruiserweight champion, 6'2, 78" defeated Riddick Bowe, 6'5, 81", in 1993. David Haye, 6'3, 78", fought Wladimir Klitschko, 6'6, 81", in 2011, Klitschko, I thought was disappointing, he looked slow to me, but still, he out pointed David Haye, and by very wide margins, it seemed like Klitschko never really had to go through the gears, he was hurt in the last round by one big right hand from Haye, but Haye couldn't really follow it up, and for the first 11 rounds, the jab, the less frequent, clean right cross, was enough to negate, neutralise David Haye, who couldn't ever seem you really work around the height and reach of his opponent. I think David Haye is good, very good, I have to say, but, Wladimir Klitschko, for all his ability, dominance, long span of success at the top of the heavyweight division, I think was never as good as Muhammad Ali, or Riddick Bowe, and Haye could not show the adaptability that Evander Holyfield, Joe Frazier showed, which tells me he was never as good as those great fighters.

I always thought David Haye's swings, his over hand rights, left hooks, every big power shot really, was wild, uneducated, and uneconomical, this always seemed to me to be ignored, I've not seen defensive ability from Haye very often, consistently throughout a round, he has been known to run out of steam in fights, and there have been many questions about his chin, these are the reasons why I thought Haye was overrated, and to add to this, a guy who is as bad at following up attacks, after he has hurt an opponent, I knew would be something which could really cost him at a seriously high level of competition.

Tony Bellew, well, we all know he is a character, some love the guy, some can't stand him, but one thing we have to give him, is that that Liverpudlian warrior, man, he can fight! It was only after discovering how good a fighter he was when he drilled African favourite, Ilunga Makabu in a 3 round battle at Goodison Park, to win the IBF world title, that I realised how relatively bad, and weight drained he was at light heavyweight, when he was defeated by Nathan Cleverly, blemished by Isaac Chilemba, stopped in 6 rounds by Adonis Stevenson. When Tony Bellew moved up to cruiserweight, he was a completely different fighter, he seemed maybe even faster, he was definitely a lot stronger, far more durable, far, far more powerful, and able to sustain his pace for a lot longer, Bellew is not only a cruiserweight, he is a big cruiserweight. Bellew is an underrated boxer, he has a very good jab, he moves well, he's a counter puncher, he lands with accuracy, he can be conservative, he knows what he can physically do and possibly can't in the ring, his reflexes are great, his upper body rotation, blocking abilities, very good, I think although his head movement isn't his best attribute, he does that well too.

Bellew may not be the most spectacular boxer in the world, he may not be the fastest, most compact, consistent, complete top level boxer out there, he is not a fighter who makes few mistakes, but Bellew, and this gets forgotten sometimes, when people think he will lose, maybe, he is challenged, he shows that adaptability, the best Tony Bellew is brought into the ring, he rises to the occasion, this is something some fighters have, others don't. Ilunga Makabu is without question the best fighter Tony Bellew fought at cruiserweight apart from possibly Nathan Cleverly, he was the underdog in that fight, he had looked underwhelming, quite poor, even seemed to struggle with lower level opponents months and years before this fight, and yet, he stopped Makabu, he got dropped in round 1, suffered a broken nose, caught by surprise, off guard, his fans must have had their heads down after that, and after that knockdown, Bellew just improved in the ring, incredibly, and pulled out a fantastic stoppage.

Before their fight, which took place in London, in March, earlier this year, many people, people who don't truly understand this sport, ridiculously, called this match up, "a mistmatch", I could only shake my head, and explain why that was rubbish. I knew David Haye wasn't the fighter many people said he was, I knew Bellew was being badly overlooked. Haye vs Bellew, in my eyes, was a 50/50 fight, Haye, with the fight being fought at his weight, Bellew, having been far, far more active, with Haye, spending 42 months out of the ring, and then competing in 2 mismatches, neither going 2 rounds, with these fights, only 4 months apart, but the later of these 2 fights being 10 months before his next fight, which was the Tony Bellew fight. Not only was Bellew far more active than Haye from July 2012 to January 2016 (having had 11 fights between Haye's twice fights 3.5 years apart from each other), but he also stayed consistent, had 2 fights, both later than Haye's second comeback win, Bellew's second of these fights, a world title defence, only 5 months before the Haye fight (so Bellew, 5 months in between fights, Haye, double that), granted neither of these fights for Bellew went 3 rounds, but both were competitive, worthwhile 2-3 round fights, unlike Haye's below par fights, against poor opponents, one of them, not really figuring on this scale.

Haye, the older man by 3 years, but Bellew, giving away 4 inches in reach, even more reason why it was a 50/50 fight. Haye, more likely to put a more convincing, clinical, thorough beatdown on a poor opponent, and sooner, Bellew, likely to look more impressive, and show more levels within himself, against a tough opponent, Haye, a more compact, initially gifted boxer, better at maybe more sports than Bellew, Bellew, more tricks up his sleeve, harder to break, harder to find his limitations.

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Prediction, part 2,

When the fight actually came back in March, surprise, surprise, all the idiots who called the fight a mismatch, were proven to be way off the mark, as an illusive Tony Bellew, moved, quite comfortably evaded big shots from a ponderous looking Haye, landed a few lovely counter punches (one stood out for me, as Haye leapt forward with a big shot, and Bellew made him miss, and countered with a class, quality right hand almost in the same move!), outboxing Haye, winning the round, I remember thinking, "haha, not my idea of a mismatch", there was clear early frustration for Haye and McGuigan, Dave Caldwell looked as happy as a pig in muck, "E can't outbox you, he's too slow!", and Bellew looked as calm as you like, as cool as a cucumber. Bellew had a problem in round 2, as he suffered a broken hand, which was obviously a hindrance to his game plan, and his offensive ability. To his credit, David Haye showed great reflexes, good, fast, accurate jab, head movement, and a degree of patience as he improved in rounds 2 and 3, he then followed it up with a great 4th round, landing at least 2 real quality stand out punches, maybe, just about the hardest punches he could land, thank they did land clean, but Bellew soaked them up like a sponge, took them fair and square, and David Haye, though probably ahead, was discouraged by landing his best punches, and getting no reaction from his opponent. Not only was Bellew's hand broken, but the extra weight was a minor problem for him, though through his body needing to get used to this weight, rather than having been way out of his depth, Bellew was struggling just slightly for pace. Haye took the fifth, clearly, mainly with his jab, but he did swing, miss, quite badly a times. It was clear to me, that after 5 rounds, Bellew was, if anything, feeling the pace less than a round or two earlier, Haye, however, definitely slowing down, and knowing he had not long left before he would run out of gas, and really run out of gas, he must have panicked, which is why he came out with urgency in the next round, his patience, composure had gone, in what had been a close 90 seconds or so, Haye over committed, mentally, lost come control, threw himself out of what his joints, ligaments could withstand because of the pressure of his underrated, underestimated opponent, and as he missed badly with 2 punches, the second, so wild, it went over Bellew's head as he dipped down, and I think hit his lats, and I think that was when Haye sustained the injury, he stumbled, staggered, nearly fell over, it was clear something was wrong with him. Haye tried once more to land a hail Mary, get rid of Bellew, but he was only out punched, well beaten in the firey exchange by the younger, fresher fighter, and from then on, Bellew battered Haye, with shot, after shot, Haye went down to the canvas 3 times, twice through some reason or other at least partly due to his ruptured achilles, and once, when he was in a vulnerable position, and caught with a few massive shots from Bellew, and actually knocked down. Haye made it through the round, but he was injured, he was tiring anyway inevitably, he has taken a lot of clean punches, that takes it out of a fighter, and he had to get up off the canvas 3 times, once because of a knockdown, torrid, torrid times for David Haye.

Round 7 was all Bellew, as he went for it, went pretty much all out, landing so many clean punches on an almost static Haye, it was so one sided, I nearly scored it 10-8, Bellew was spent after the round, and it was clear that he didn't have the same level of power, impact behind his punches as he did at cruiserweight, but he was still dominant, and punishing his opponent. Rounds 8 and 9 were anybody's rounds, with a badly disadvantaged Haye unable to generate much power at all, not throwing much, but defensive, and not being pummeled the way he was in rounds 6 and 7, showing such heart, courage, bravery in there, and Bellew, holding off, 50/50 on doing enough to still nick through rounds, but holding off recovering, as he was carrying extra weight at heavyweight, having put such a shift in in rounds 6 and 7. Bellew had a better 10th, as he was less fatuiged, wasn't as sharp, dominant as he was a few rounds earlier, but winning the round clearly. In round 11, Bellew found it in the tank to unload on David Haye, as a physically crumbling, almost defenceless, almost powerless, exhausted David Haye fades even more, Bellew lands a couple of hard shots, as Haye falls through the ropes, only to stagger back into the ring, beat the count, but for Shane McGuigan to throw in the towel, if anything, too late.

Now, people can say stupid things, be the morons they are, "Bellew didnt imprres me barley beet a won leggid fiter,,,,,,,,,", and confirm, insist they know for sure that Bellew would have lost had Haye not been injured. Let's think about this without being stupid, who won?, Tony Bellew, so there are tow things which could possibly, somewhat, cancel each other out, one guy wins, because he was the better man on the night, counter argument, Haye had a serious injury (because that was no stiff joint, little ache or pain, that was a bad, bad injury), I really believe he would have found a way to extend his lead, been smart, found a way to win, but he was too unfortunate, just bad luck, that is fair, and it can be argued each way, all day long, that's why the rematch is so necessary, but when you have fools who talk as if we know the answer already, and don't have the the mental energy or the brain capacity to think beyond two basic details, it irritates me as someone who actually analyses this great sport, and enjoys doing do. The people who trash Bellew verbally, talk baloney, may, and I mean, may, have a point, to a degree, had Haye out boxed Bellew in rounds 10-12, gotten a decision, and me, all the other Bellew fans could still say, "hey, give our guy credit, it was never a mistmatch, he was on the scorecards at least, before the injury, wasn't a mismatch at all until then, and we all said it was likely Bellew's best chance would be after round 5, yeah Haye won, and he was badly disadvantaged, but Bellew did good, and he deserves a rematch", but we are not in that situation, this is a case of, "Bellew won, Haye had an injury, granted, but you don't win a fight simply by being lumbered with an injury which means, inevitably, the glory, the sense of victory, superiority for the actual winner will be reduced, and Bellew still, won, that, fight!, there are a few questions here, the rematch is interesting, after that first fight, without even taking everything into consideration, if you thought it was going to be a 2 or 3 round mistmatch the first time, you must have had a reality check from the evidence we saw in March!".

It may not occur to the fools out there who waste their lives talking rubbish, but it is actually a disadvantage when you are fighting with a broken hand, not, "ouch, tweaked it, broken!", a scientifically, diagnosably broken hand. People can winge all they like, and go off on Tony Bellew, but at the end of the day, he fought in that fight, after round 7, still getting the better of it I think, having put all his eggs in one basket in rounds 6, and 7 even more so, yes, in the rematch, Haye is pretty much injury free, great, that would suggest Bellew won't get the better of rounds 7-10, well while that's more than worth considering, it is not necessarily true is it?, because if Bellew doesn't over exert himself that way, he will have more in the tank, he will be less fatuiged, that will make a bigger difference than some might assume.

I can say all day why Haye could win, I can say all day why I could be wrong. Haye will have shaken off ring rust the from the first time, Bellew will be more adjusted to the weight, increasing his ability to affect Haye with punches, and his stamina, Haye won't have a snapped achilles, Bellew won't have a broken hand, Haye is 3 years older, Bellew, maybe more miles on the clock, been through more wear and tear over the years.

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Prediction, part 3,

There are important questions here. How quickly is David Haye declining?, he is 2 years older than Tony Bellew, 36-37, he is going downhill, no question, but how quickly?, how crucially? How quickly is Tony Bellew declining?, he is 34 after all, he will be 35 on fight night, not a young, fresh fighter himself. Just how much of a relative, aggregate disadvantage was Haye's achilles injury?, just how much of a disadvantage was Bellew's broken hand? How significant is it that Bellew sustained his injury 4 rounds earlier than Haye? How much worse was David Haye's injury than Tony Bellew's? And of what significance is that? How much ring rust did that long, gruelling fight get rid of for Haye? How much of an adjustment to the weight was the fight for Bellew? How heavy will Haye be for the fight? If he comes in at 225 or even lighter, how much will that help him?, and what will be the downsides to that? Will Bellew come in heavier this time? If so, will that be a mistake? If Haye, at 37, starts at a high pace, sustains it to maybe build up a lead after the first 4 or 5, when will he really tire?, and how long will it take him to recover? What will he really have left? If Bellew, at 35, starts at the same pace he did last time, but faces a maybe more consistent, less rusty David Haye, how long can Bellew, on his back foot, having to work, defend, withstand, how long can he sustain his offence, endurance, defence? And if he tires, how long will he take to find a second wind? What will he really have left in the tank?

Who will benefit more from a longer training camp? Who wants this win more? Tony Bellew has broken his hand at least once in the ring, just what state are those iron fists in? David Haye can say what he likes, it can really look up for him, he can be as careful as he likes, but in all realism, he is naturally prone to injuries, I've never known of a fighter who has suffered so many injuries in one career, how likely is he to sustain another serious injury? Bellew is 35, he had a punishing, toll taking chapter at 175, he took punches in the first Haye fight which would have knocked many fighters right out, he has been stopped, in most of his fights, he takes either a lot of shots, or not so many but really big shots, there are definitely miles there, how is Bellew's punch resistance now? David Haye, at 37, has been through the mill, injury after injury, took punishment against Mormeck, took a beating from Thompson, took a lot of punishment 7 months ago, against Bellew, whilst on a worsening injury, how resilient is he now? And would it have been better for the healing and permanent sturdiness of his leg had Shane McGuigan retired him from the fight earlier than he did? If Haye catches Bellew off guard, hurts him drops him, the way he couldn't in the first fight, Bellew will get up if he physically can, without a shadow of doubt, but what next? How quickly will Bellew recover? We know Bellew can be dangerous when he is/ has been hurt, but does that go so far that it applies to David Haye as a risk factor as well? Could David Haye sustain an attack on a dazed Bellew? If so, then can he find it in the tank to finish him? Or would Bellew recover, counter, and capitalise upon the fact that it took a lot of Haye? If not, then just what will that mean for Haye? Can Haye physically break down Bellew, gradually? Can Bellew physically break down Haye, gradually?

I believe Tony Bellew will make it a case of repeat, defeat David Haye again, it is a 50/50 fight, but I'm 55/45 on Bellew winning, making it 2-0, probably ending Haye's career.

I think at this stage of their careers, they are both trying to get the ultimate career victory, close a certain door, close a curtain on the questions which have surrounded them for years, they know they are not young fighters, they know they have to use their experience.

David Haye, I think considers this fight as a last resort, if he loses, at 37, where on earth does he go?, he believes he is the best heavyweight on the planet, but he knows he must hurry up, so his career is on the line really, this is an absolute must win, in his mind, he won't settle for a win, he'll only be happy with an emphatic victory, that attitude could work against him. I think David Haye needs to accept that he absolutely did underestimate Tony Bellew before the first fight, and he also needs to accept, that in the ring, 37, he's an old man, before the first fight, he went into the ring saying and I think believing, "this David Haye is better than the old David Haye", I knew that wasn't true, it is impossible, he is declining, and if he didn't learn that the first time, if it didn't sink into his mind, he will have major problems in this fight, he will have to be more methodical, he will have to be more conservative, he will have to be smart before he is brave, he must know how to avoid injury, he must use his jab when through fight is tentative. I think a problem for David Haye, a reason why his ring rust is such a bad thing for him, why those 3-4 years were so bad, is that, when a fighter gradually declines in the ring, they know where they are at, they can work around and consider how fast, fit they are, what their limitations are, Bernard Hopkins, Floyd Mayweather Jr, Roy Jones Jr, are great examples of guys who were great at that, but for David Haye, being 31 against Chisora, and then not coming back until he was 35, not having a fight which wasn't against a poor opponent until March this year, until he was 36, he was not to know, not to understand what his limitations were, how much more vulnerable to injury he was, how much slower, how much less of a gas tank he was bound to have, and so, really, tax first Bellew fight was his first time having to really think about working around the problem of age, he could swing wildly against Harrison and Chisora, he had that in the tank, he was fast, agile, he is that now, but less so, and if he doesn't think before he does, if he gets reckless, then it will badly wrong for him. I think the early rounds should be important for Haye, he needs to impose his strength, power on Bellew, back him into a corner, attack from body to head, be measured, but don't throw shots which might not land unless necessary, because he can't afford many swings and misses of the fight is going to go long. I think the key for Haye, may also be patience, make it so that Bellew is the guy who has to throw, because if Haye lands something first, he has that upper hand, and Bellew does have to commit, that's when Haye's agility, head movement, reflexes could help him, and with the jab added to the equation, the less flawed exterior boxing style, it may make the early rounds good sessions for him.

I think Tony Bellew wants to win this fight more than he says, in a sense, ultimately, he has a life outside of boxing, he can think positively, he knows a loss wouldn't be the end of the world, he just wants to make his kids' futures as bright as possible, he likes to fight as well I think really, he doesn't like David Haye, at all, I think he enjoys every minute of the build up, the fight, everything, but also, I think he knows in the back of his mind, that he is a little bit obsessed with getting the win, because he wouldn't train so hard otherwise, because he knows that once he is in that ring, he may never forgive himself if he cut any tiny corners, slacked off, at all, and so he will do his best, train as hard physically, tactically as possible, get himself in the right place mentally as well, and Bellew Dave Coldwell have a great relationship, I think they are a great team, so Coldwell will make sure Bellew doesn't make mistakes in camp, he will put very, very long hours in himself, in order to make Bellew as ready and as capable as possible before he steps in the ring to fight David Haye. I think the pressure Bellew is putting on himself, now, regarding Haye, isn't so intense, I think once they are in fight week, it will be different, and in the fight, he will try his absolute, 100% best, I think his own heart, his own bravery, desire, scares him when he thinks about it, but now, I think he is just putting the reasons and what he must or must not do in December aside, and just focusing on hitting his goals in the gym, and doing everything right. I think Tony Bellew will retire after this fight, win or lose, I could see him having one fight in 2018, but I would be shocked if he fought for any longer than that, and I would be shocked if he was to carry on after this fight should he lose, in his mind, he has a lot to gain, a lot to lose, but I don't think he feels he has a massive, worrying amount to lose, and I don't think he is under the pressure that in this fight, he has a lot to lose, which he can't afford to lose, because at the end of the day, with a loss being the worst case scenario (provided, most importantly, that both fighters finish the fight safe and well), a loss, well he has beaten David Haye already, a loss to a fighter you have beaten doesn't erase the win, Hasim Rahman beat Lennox Lewis, nobody can ever take that away from him, Joe Frazier beat Muhammad Ali, nobody can ever take that away from him, and Bellew, he won a world title, in his home town, on the Arena of his football team, in a great fight, stopping a guy early, getting up off the deck, in a dramatic fight, looking great in getting the win, it does not get much better than that, Tony has said that no matter how well a David Haye fight goes, the world title victory at Goodison Park will always be the highlight of his career, so with that, he won't have the living daylights out of him from the thought or even the chance that he could lose to David Haye, a man who he was written off against, then defeated! But I think, in the ring, Bellew will fight absolute tooth and nail to get the win, nothing will stop him, he will try his 100% best physically and mentally. Link his opponent, Bellew needs to prepare for the fact that he is 35, not 28, he needs to adjust to, and work around the problems that decline causes. He should take a safety first approach to the fight, he shouldn't let Haye steal the rounds, but I think he knows the later rounds should favour him, not Haye, so if he has to let the first couple of rounds slip away, so be it, it may take more out of Haye, do him more harm than good, I think defence is more important than offence for the first 3 rounds or so, and the more he can make David Haye work, the better, he has to be careful not to take any bait, but it is also important for Tony not to let Haye nick the first 4 or 5 rounds, at a slow pace, which isn't really taking too much of him, because Haye's fatuige, early exertion could be one of the main keys to victory for Bellew. I think Bellew should fight dirty in the early rounds, especially maybe in the early to mid rounds, rounds 3, 4, 5, maybe rough Haye up a little bit, push him, shove him, if he could push him to the floor a couple of times, push himself to a last warning from the referee so he doesn't lose a point (although there is always a risk of that), he should just make it so that Haye can't steal any rounds from him when there are in his sort of territorial rounds. I think it would be good for Tony Bellew to fight a bit like Bernard Hopkins for parts of this fight.

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Prediction, part 4,

I think David Haye will nick the first two rounds of this fight, I think he will be trying to set Bellew up for counters for most of the time, Bellew, I think will throw very little in the first 6 minutes, and won't really find any accuracy, whilst Haye takes control early with his jab.

I think Bellew will start round 3 with a fantastic right hand straight down the middle, and he'll then use mobility to stop Haye catching up with him, Haye, I think will want to swing back, but instead, he'll try to go back to the jab, I think he'll fall short with a couple of jabs, and seem frustrated, as Bellew keeps out of harms way. I think Bellew will manage to draw Haye onto a textbook two punch combination, landing the left hook, right hand clean, using feints, timing, and doing enough to take the round quite clearly. I think round 4 will be interesting, Haye will try to dictate, Bellew, calm, no urgency, intent on letting Haye swing for the fences, but Haye, making as few mistakes as possible, I think the round will be quite lacklustre, Haye landing some cuffing punches throughout the round as Bellew moves, defends, maybe uses some rough house tactics, and finishes the right with a good counter right uppercut.

I think Haye will have a good fifth round, taking a couple of risks, backing Bellew into a corner, unloading a flurry, landing little clean, but landing with weight, finding more that could be said for no accuracy at all, and Bellew, maybe trying to take a chance or two himself, might pull the trigger, find himself on the end of 2 or 3 massive shots, which Haye smiles at, but is happy not to build on, as blood falls from Bellew's nose, and Haye manages to outbox him on the jab for the rest of the round, with Bellew pushing forward in the lats minute, making it tougher for Haye, but not having much success. I think both will be struggling for pace just slightly. I think round 6 will be interesting, with Bellew trying to make it an inside fight, Haye having other ideas, Bellew, Haye, both opening up midway through the round, and both landing bombs on each other, I think Haye will land some wide hooks on Bellew when there is daylight between them, but Bellew, he'll win the inside battle, land a lot of short, but vicious hooks and uppercuts, landing more leather than Haye.

I think while the crowd will be getting right into the fight, many on their feet, the trainers won't be so impressed, with Salas ticking off Haye for letting Bellew draw him into his kind of fight, etc, Coldwell, ticking off his fighter for getting caught with 'silly shots', leaving himself open.

I think it will be Haye who is struggling for pace just a little bit more than his opponent, as he drops his work rate, through a tactical decision, but also under works, really due to Bellew's feints, consistency. I think Haye will be pretty much all defensive as Bellew comes forward, throws the jab, not too often, just to establish his own activity, back Haye up, discourage him, I think Haye will make Bellew miss, slip the jab, make him miss badly with one right hand, but miss his own counter as well, I think Bellew will land some shots during the round, nothing really getting the crowd excited, but landing a fair few, taking the round, and I think Bellew will finish well, landing a big left hook right on the bell, flush on the jaw of Haye, I think Haye will take it well, but the Liverpudlian fans will rise to their feet. I think Haye will be slowing down more, but Bellew, also, and I think round 8 will show a difference in a certain kind of skill, as Haye has a great round, uses the jab, lands two big right hands towards the end of the round, the second one, for the first time in either fight, shaking Bellew, who nods, but walks back to his corner, a bit unsteady, after having a terrible round, in which he put fourth little activity, and found little accuracy.

I think it will look like Haye is taking over in round 9 as he buses the first minute to break Bellew down a bit, take some steam out of him, work in spurts, attack the head and body, Bellew, looking calm still, not a lot of frustration, but he will be coming second best, though not looking worn down or really tired. I think Haye will sustain educated pressure, do a lot of the things he couldn't do in the first fight, and around the midway point of the round, I think as him and open up again, exchange, Bellew will find himself on the end of a big two punch combination, which puts him on the deck, he'll nod, smile, get up calmly at 8 maybe, and spend the next 75 seconds or so, on the defensive, with Haye, missing badly with a few follow up punches, managing to get a now cut, bloody looking Bellew in a corner, land some big shots to the head, but Bellew, absorbing them, encouraging Haye to keep going for the finish, I think Haye will be using his legs a lot when getting himself in position to pull the trigger on Tony Bellew, and throwing a lot of punches, and I think we will see Haye miss a good few badly in the last 20 seconds, and a bloodied, but grinning, recovering Bellew will get to his stool before an exhausted Haye gets back to his, with Haye, seeming to have punched himself out, the Bellew fans will take a sigh of relief, but Haye's fans still confident. I think Bellew will come out for round 10, with a very different attitude, I think he'll plough back a tired looking David Haye, not letting have a seconds' rest, but instead, making it a tough, rough fight, leaning on him a bit, just trying to limit his breathing, and I think although he'll be more economical than he was the first time, I think he'll punish David Haye with 3-4 big clean shots at a time, every 15-20 seconds. I think by the time they are 30 seconds into the round, Haye will be in dyer trouble, as Bellew unloads, attacks from body to head, head to body, brutally. I think Bellew will seem to have beaten the fight out of Haye after 2 minutes of controlled, but spiteful, brutal punishment, as Haye falls to his knees, beats the count, but struggles to get through the last 20 seconds of the round.

I think both fighters will be tired, Haye more so, as his trainer tells him he needs to land the counter when Bellew lunges, make him punch himself out, move off the ropes when he gets any chance at all, I think Bellew will be tired, but less so than some will have expected, and he'll listen his Dave Coldwell, be ready for a big 6 minutes.

Round 11 will be close for a minute as the two go to war, but Haye, not having the same power as he did earlier in the fight, and by the midway point of this round, he will have blown a gasket, and Bellew will take over again, nail Haye with crushing shots, out fighting on the inside, Haye standing his ground for a minute of slugging, but coming off worse. I think both fighters will be even more tired, again, Haye more so, both fighters being told and knowing anyway, that they need the last round, both of them, determined. I think the last round will be all Bellew, as he lands shot after shot on Haye, beating him up, with Haye, trying to respond, but managing only to push out punches, as the younger, stronger, fresher man punishes him. I think Haye will show a lot of toughness, staying on his feet taking what Bellew throws at him, and Bellew, not able to put his opponent on the floor again, but doing everything but, as he outs everything he has into the past 30 seconds, punching himself out in the last 10 seconds of the fight, still finishing the stronger of the two.

I think both fighters will believe they have won the fight, everyone will have their own opinions, it will be in the hands of the judges, the questions, was it 3-3 after 6 rounds?, was Haye ahead?, if so, by how much?, just how much good did Haye do himself by having such a good 6 minutes in rounds 8 and 9?, for Bellew, how crucial were the last 3 rounds? And is it really enough? From many people, the questions may be, why did Bellew give away rounds 1 and 2?, why did Haye give away round 7?

I think we will hear the announcement of a majority decision, 113-113, 114-112, 114-111, for the winner, Tony Bellew.