David Haye is certainly a man who tends to stir up a bit of controversy within the boxing industry. Over the last couple of years he has pulled out of multiple fights but also delivered some exciting fights in the ring most notably against Dereck Chisora. The other day he was quoted as saying “First session of the year. 2014 is…
Eddie Hearn: If Haye Wants Bellew Fight I Already Have O2 Arena Booked
According to Promoter Eddie Hearn if David Haye wants Bellew in a pay per view showdown next year he can have him, with a venue ready in the UK.
David Haye and Tony Bellew have no love lost. That much is certain by this.
Two guys who have one punch knockout power with the edge in speed and skills laying with David Haye.
One would imagine the Londoner would start as a favourite with the bookmakers if the two fight, but that’s not to say Bellew would not be a live dog. A man with as much heart as anyone can never be counted out.
He’s shown he can bang with serious power since moving up to cruiserweight and he’s not called the ‘Bomber’ for nothing, a nickname dating back to his amateur days when he fought at heavyweight and regularly put his concussive fists on display.
Interestingly after his latest win last night his promoter Eddie Hearn when speaking to Kugan Cassius of IFL TV noted that a potential fight with Haye could happen at heavyweight if the Haye wants Bellew, saying he could move up from cruiserweight:
“Heavyweight. He makes cruiserweight he’ll be 15 stone something in the ring. Haye might be 16 stone. It doesn’t matter. If he hits Haye he’s going to sleep. But if Haye hits him he’s going to sleep. Isn’t that what you want to see?”
There is the outstanding issue also of the fact Bellew has a mandatory contender with the WBC for his title against undefeated Latvian Mairis Briedis (21-0-18KO) which is due to be next up.
Bellew would either have to give up his belt if moving up to fight Haye at heavyweight, or possibly some sort of interim title scenario would have to occur.
The big interest is in the Haye fight at the moment though and if money talks, that’s the one we’ll see next year.
Hearn concluded to IFL TV that the ball is in Haye’s court:
“Yeah March the 4th at the O2 Arena if you want it? If you want millions of pounds?
Stylistically if the fight does get made, I can’t imagine it going the full twelve rounds – given the brawling heart on his sleeve style of Bellew and the power that both men carry in their hands.
What an entertaining build-up it would be too. Two of boxing’s premier trash talkers. Certainly from a UK perspective.
For the full interview check it out here: