Haye issues 'world of hurt' vow

02 March 2017 10:31:53 EST

David Haye has promised rival Tony Bellew that he is "in for a world of hurt" in Saturday's heavyweight showdown at London's O2 Arena.

The 36-year-old former unified cruiserweight champion and ex-WBA heavyweight champion will go up against the current WBC cruiserweight belt holder, Bellew, at heavyweight with no love lost between the duo in the build up.

And the verbal jousting continued in Thursday afternoon's final press conference with Haye quick to dismiss suggestions that he was carrying an Achilles injury going into the showdown.

He has made things personal. If he wants to do that, I'll make sure he never does that again. If he believes he can stop what I'm doing, he's in for a world of hurt.

David Haye

The Londoner also warned Bellew that he is in his best shape ever and to expect a punishing night when they get in the ring.

Haye, who had a three-and-a-half-year absence from boxing after undergoing shoulder surgery in 2013, claims he is a better fighter now than when he won his WBA world title in 2009 despite not yet being tested by his two opponents to date.

Haye said: "He said he wouldn't beat the old David Haye, but the new David Haye is better than the old one. Saturday night, you are seeing a real destructive job.

"Knocking him down for 10 seconds does nothing for me.

"He has made things personal. If he wants to do that, I'll make sure he never does that again. If he believes he can stop what I'm doing, he's in for a world of hurt."

Bellew is looking forward to the fight but warned Haye not to start dragging up excuses about injuries if and when he loses the fight.

He added: "I don't really have much to say. It's been a long, hard camp. I've enjoyed it.

"Nearly time to rock and roll. Let's see what happens. The main thing is no excuses. They have been put out to the media. We all get sore, we all get knocks and bumps. This is the combat business, it's called boxing.

"No excuses. I don't want to hear any of them at all."

Haye is 1/6 to win the fight, 1/4 by a stoppage, while Bellew is 4/1 to come out on top, 16/1 on a points decision.

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