Tony Bellew (28-2-1, 18 KOs) isn’t worried about his fight against heavyweight David Haye (28-2, 26 KOs) this Saturday. Bellew is moving up a division from cruiserweight to fight the 36-year-old Haye, and he’s considered the underdog in the fight.
Bellew says that Haye is no bigger than himself, and little more than just another cruiserweight, which he’s fought plenty of since moving to the division in 2014. Bellew says he would be nervous if he were facing a big heavyweight like Anthony Joshua or Wladimir Klitschko, but he’s not worried with the size of the 6’3”, 227 pound Haye.
The 6’2” Bellew says he’s weighing 225 lbs. right now. That puts him pretty much at the same size as Haye. Being the same size as Haye doesn’t mean that Bellew will possess the identical hand speed, power or the same athleticism. Unless the weight that Bellew has put on in bulking up increases his punching power, he’s going to be at a disadvantage in that department. The athleticism and the speed are things that Bellew isn’t going to be able to change. Haye is the faster guy and he appears to be more athletic as well.
“Listen, I’m not facing Anthony Joshua or Wladimir Klitschko,” said Bellew to the mirror.co.uk about his fight against Haye. “If I was my [expletive] would be twitching. I’m facing a big cruiserweight or a small heavyweight. It’s nothing I haven’t faced before. The fact of the matter is, his dimensions are the same as mine and the same height. He’s just got a big more muscle than me. I will turn up next Saturday as the fat guy, but as the fat guy who can fight like [expletive],” said Bellew.
The one thing Bellew might have going for him in this fight is his punch resistance. He seems to take a good shot really well without getting hurt. If Bellew can fight cautiously without taking too many big punches from Haye, he could in theory drag him to the deeper rounds and drown him. Haye might be vulnerable in the later rounds if Bellew can take him there.