The Big Question: Haye vs Bellew - who wins?

Boxing Monthly
03/03/2017 7:58am

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David Haye faces Tony Bellew on Saturday night in a heavyweight grudge match. We canvassed opinion among the Boxing Monthly online team about which man will prevail ...

Quite simply, this ends when Haye wants it to end (anyone know which round he is placing money on himself to finish it?) I can't imagine he will want to end it in the first for the fans' sake, so I'll say the second. - Colin Harris

As much as I’d love to be wrong here, I think this fight will go largely to script. We should see a good fight (as long as it lasts) as I think Bellew has learnt from his defeat to Adonis Stevenson and isn’t prepared to let a fight pass him by again. I do think Bellew can make it interesting early and give it a good go, but I think this fight is stopped by Dave Coldwell before things get too out of hand, thus saving ‘the Bomber’ for a few more big nights at cruiserweight. It would take a brave man to bet against Haye in this one. - Luke Byron

It's hard to look past Haye in this one. While it's easy to get caught up in the pre-fight hype and comment, the simple facts are that there are very few attributes in Bellew's favour. He's new to heavyweight, while Haye is comfortable at the weight, hits harder, is faster, more skilled, has boxed at a better level and has achieved more. The asterisk here is Haye's age (36) and Bellew's very good form of late. There is also Haye's recent activity which has infrequent and against very poor opposition. Despite that my pick is Haye inside five rounds.- Callum Rudge

Haye vs Bellew isn't a fight I like I'm afraid. I want to see matches between fighters at their best and Bellew - who I like a lot as a cruiserweight - simply isn't a heavyweight. Haye looks fit, ready and is emitting the kind of cocksure confidence he did prior to the Enzo Maccarinelli clash in his own final cruiserweight bout at the same arena nine years ago. My pick is for the superior firepower of Haye to stop Bellew before the start of the fourth round. - Chris Williamson

Unlike many others who have viewed this match-up with disapproval, I see it as intriguing, largely because it is unclear how much Haye has left in the tank. He has been so inactive that it would not surprise me to see a cautious Bellew drop early rounds, somehow survive the initial onslaught and pull out a late stoppage or narrow points win against an exhausted Hayemaker. Having said that, Haye has the superior pedigree and firepower and therefore should win inside six  - however the question marks over the Bermondsey bomber make it a must-watch for me. - Luke G. Williams

Final count: Haye 5 Bellew 0