This coming Saturday, Tony Bellew (28-2-1, 18 KOs) will be stepping it up to the heavyweight division to face former two division world champ David Haye (28-2, 26 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London, England. This is fight that is viewed with distain by many in the boxing community, because it’s not one that really furthers Haye’s career. Bellew is moving up to heavyweight for this fight, which is little more than a payday for him. Haye-Bellew will be televised on Sky Box Office PPV.
Haye has taken a relaxed approach to the training for the Bellew fight. Haye has made it a joyful thing in preparing for the fight, as he wanted it to be a fun thing rather than a grueling camp. Haye obviously knows what he has in front of him in Bellew. You can’t exactly call Bellew a punching bag for Haye, but he’s close to that level.
Bellew has an upright fighting style, and he’s made to order for Haye. It’s going to be difficult for Bellew to be able to make it beyond the 1st round. Bellew hasn’t proven himself at the cruiserweight division yet. He’s kind of still a light heavyweight that has been matched selectively by his promoter Eddie Hearn. He’s matched him like a caring mother hen, and making the right fights against guys that weren’t a threat to beating him. That’s the thing with boxing. You can disguise a fighter’s limitations if you match them carefully.
You can even make a fighter with decent boxing skills and turn him into a world champion if you match him against the right opponent. Of course, you need the help of the sanctioning bodies for them to bless a particular fight to be for a world title. Bellew won the vacant World Boxing Council cruiserweight title last year in beating IIlunga Makaku. Don’t ask me why the WBC let Bellew and Makabu fight for their vacant cruiserweight title instead of Mairis Briedis and Marco Huck.