Bellew questions Haye's fight

28 December 2016 09:07:55 EST

Tony Bellew claims his upcoming opponent David Haye "hasn't got the fight in him anymore" ahead of their 4th March showdown at London's O2.

The 34-year-old WBC cruiserweight champion, Bellew, is preparing for his first fight at heavyweight against the 36-year-old former unified cruiserweight champion and ex-WBA heavyweight champion, Haye.

If I can drag him to the second half of the fight and to the deep waters, I will drown him, I will win easy, but I don't think it will get that far.

Tony Bellew

And the Liverpudlian feels Haye's lengthy injury lay-off, which saw him out of the ring for three-and-a-half years until his January 2016 return against Mark de Mori, will have diminished his mental toughness.

Haye won his comeback fight in the first round and then saw off Arnold Gjergjaj in round two of their May bout, while Bellew has been fighting at the top of the sport when winning the WBC strap against Illunga Makabu in May, before defending his crown against BJ Flores in October.

As a result Bellew feels if the fight progresses beyond the fourth round, Haye will not have the stomach to continue, although 'Bomber' believes he can get the job done early.

He said: "What I will tell you is, if this fight goes past four rounds, he's going to quit.

"At some stage, it will get too hard and he will quit. He hasn't got the fight in him anymore.

"I love fighting. I am not 100 per cent in the head, I enjoy having a fight. We will see on 4th March, where it happens, when it happens, but I must stress when I knock out David Haye on 4th March - I am then the best heavyweight in the world outside of them champions.

"Just let that sink in and think about where do I go from there."

Bellew, who had some praise for Haye and described him as "the best heavyweight in the world outside of the champions" added on Sky Sports: "If I can drag him to the second half of the fight and to the deep waters, I will drown him, I will win easy, but I don't think it will get that far.

"I do believe this fight could be a four-round shootout and I am under no illusions if he catches me clean in the first four rounds I am going to have to get off the floor to win, but make no mistake he's going to have to do the same thing.

"The big difference between me and him, he hasn't got it in him to get off the floor."

Bellew is 4/1 to win the fight, while Haye can be backed at 1/6.

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