Bellew and Haye fight looks likely after war of words
Tony Bellew and David Haye appear to be on a collision course following a war of words between the two boxers.
Bellew secured the biggest win of his career by knocking out Ilunga Makabu in three rounds to clinch the WBC cruiserweight title last month at Everton’s Goodison Park Football ground in Liverpool.
The 33-year-old used the spotlight to call out Haye, urging the Londoner to meet him in a showdown, which sparked a war of words between the pair.
Haye is scheduled to meet American Shannon Briggs in their bout later this year, but has insisted that he would have no qualms over facing off against the Liverpudlian. The former WBA heavyweight champion is backed at 1/20 by 32Red UK as of 24th June to defeat Briggs in their clash at the 02 Arena and continue his resurgence since his return to the ring.
Haye has been dominant since he returned to action, although Bellew has accused him of taking advantage of poor opponents to bolster his record.
The 35-year-old knocked out Mark de Mori in the first round of their fight in his return, as the Australian failed to compete against the Londoner’s overwhelming power.
Arnold Gjergjaj’s resistance was equally as weak as Haye defeated him with a string of powerful strikes, securing his victory in the second round.
Briggs is not expected to inflict the third defeat of the Briton’s career in their bout, given his age of 44, while he has also not face an opponent of Haye’s calibre in several years.
The Londoner has the quality to brush him aside, and then focus on his challenge of taking on Bellew, but may be forced to drop down to cruiserweight to do so.