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David Haye v Tony Bellew 2 predictions, betting tips & fight preview: Haye to gain revenge

Leigh Copson in Boxing 15 Oct 2017
  • David Haye v Tony Bellew 2 takes place on Sunday, December 17
  • Get free predictions & betting tips for the rematch in London, England
Tony Bellew and David Haye (credit: Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

David Haye v Tony Bellew predictions for the rematch on Sunday, December 17. Will David Haye avenge his shock defeat to Tony Bellew or will ‘Bomber’ beat the former world heavyweight champion once again? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

David Haye v Tony Bellew Predictions


David Haye v Tony Bellew Betting Tips Explained


Tony Bellew’s stoppage win against David Haye in March was one of biggest upsets boxing has seen this year, but on December 17 ‘The Hayemaker’ will have an opportunity to avenge that loss because he will step back into the ring with ‘Bomber’ at the o2 Arena in London. So will Haye get his revenge or will lightning strike twice as Bellew beats the former world heavyweight champion and possibly sends him into retirement?

Before I go any further we should take a look back at the first meeting between the pair. Cruiserweight champion Bellew went into it as a big underdog with the bookmakers and a shock did not appear to be on the cards as Haye took control of the fight in the early rounds, taking a 4-1 lead on the scorecards of most experts and pundits.

However, the former cruiserweight and heavyweight champion suffered an horrific Achilles injury in the sixth and momentum swung in Bellew’s favour. Haye was able to overcome one knockdown, but when he was sent crashing to the mat and got tangled up in the ropes in the 11th, his corner team decided enough was enough and threw in the towel. Pre-match hate turned into mutual respect afterwards, but both men were open to a rematch and that is what we will see on December 17.

Haye has insisted he is 100% after having surgery to repair the Achilles damage he suffered in March – claiming he is feeling better than he has in “many, many years” – and the 37-year-old is determined to prove that previous loss was nothing more than a fluke.

“Last time the script was thrown out the window and the unpredictability of sport revealed itself in its most raw form,” Haye said. “Bellew somehow won the lottery in our first fight, but believe me, he won't win the lottery twice. I've been training every day for over six months. I already feel fitter, stronger and more athletic than I did for our first showdown. I will relish the opportunity to re-write the ending of the Haye-Bellew story.”

Bellew, of course, is confident he can defy the bookmakers’ odds once again on December 17, vowing to send the former heavyweight champion back into retirement in brutal fashion.

“I will have the exact same attitude I had going into the first fight – win at all costs,” Bellew said. “I will be victorious and I will end David Haye’s career. Another loss to me closes the curtain on ‘The Hayemaker’. This isn’t personal anymore, it’s strictly business. This is just another fight. He’s another year older, the body is more worn and he won’t be able to live with a younger, fresher and more active fighter, he just can’t sustain the tempo and pace once we go past three or four rounds.”

So who’s prediction will prove to be correct? I am going with Haye.

That last meeting with Bellew was his first real fight since the knockout win over Dereck Chisora in July 2012, because those two comeback fights he had in 2016 were – quite frankly – farcical. In no way did they get him ready for a man like Bellew, who had been fighting up to three times a year during Haye’s retirement, and I believe ‘The Hayemaker’ was guilty of underestimating Bellew in March. He will not make the same mistake here.

I expect the first few rounds to play out just like they did in March. Bellew will adopt a cautious approach as he tries to avoid Haye’s power punches, but he will get picked apart by that ‘Hayemaker’ jab once again and as the former world champion builds up a lead on the scorecards, ‘Bomber’ will be forced to take a more aggressive approach. When that happens he will open himself up to more of Haye’s power punches and as a result one – or a combination of them – will end the fight.

David Haye v Tony Bellew Betting Odds


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Method Of Victory

David Haye v Tony Bellew Tale Of The Tape

David Haye v Tony Bellew Tale Of The Tape

DAVID HAYETALE OF THE TAPETONY BELLEW
31FIGHTS32
28 (26 KOs)WINS29 (19KOs)
3LOSSES2
0DRAWS1
84%KO%59%
133TOTAL ROUNDS211
6' 3"HEIGHT6' 3"
78"REACH74"
ORTHODOXSTANCEORTHODOX
BERMONDSEY, LONDONBIRTHPLACELIVERPOOL, MERSEYSIDE
37AGE35

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