David Haye vs Tony Bellew
This entry was posted on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018
Being a Dumbass was his Achilles Heel
Having done his Achilles in their last fight, yet carried on with admirable courage, resisting even when his corner threw in the towel, David Haye managed to salvage his reputation from an otherwise shameful defeat. The man who taunted Klitschko and was then toyed with, and who picked on poor old Del Boy Chisora, was suddenly popular again. The British public have no time for cocky winners, but they adore plucky losers. And the man himself seems to have learned his lesson, keeping pretty shtum in the build-up to this fight, devoid of his usual antics.
What is clear, is that even in the world of ageing boxing comebacks, Haye can’t risk another defeat. Having been at his peak when the UK Heavyweight scene was still mourning the loss of Lennox Lewis and Frank Bruno, he can now survey possible bouts with Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, and all the riches that would bring.
Looking back at Haye-Bellew 1, I believe that Haye was ahead in the 5th round before his injury, and even won the 9th when he could barely move. His foolish behaviour in the past has dominated his talent in the ring – a world champion in the heavyweight division having unified cruiserweight. And the word is that this time he is taking it all seriously – the camp has gone well. Take the 1.93 on the Betfair Exchange (for whom Haye is now an ambassador) on a victory by knockout for the reformed Hayemaker.