By Joe Haslam
The time has almost arrived for the highly anticipated rematch between Liverpool’s Tony Bellew and London’s David Haye in what promises to be a great heavyweight match up.
Before I tell you what you can expect from the rematch let’s have a little recap of the first match between these two men.
The former WBA heavyweight Champion David Haye came into the fight and was considered by many to be the favourite to win with Tony Bellew appearing in his first heavyweight bout.
The bout started as a stalemate with not much separating the fighters on points in the early rounds, but after the sixth round, Bellew started to take control of the fight with Haye injuring his ankle and falling down a couple of times. Haye deserves a lot of respect for carrying on even though he must have been in a lot of pain and with Bellew piling on the pressure looking to finish the fight.
The fight came to an end late in the eleventh round after Bellew knocked Haye down, Haye managed to get back to his feet but his trainer Shane McGuigan threw in the towel giving Bellew the win via TKO.
Haye will surely be out to get revenge in the rematch at The O2 Arena, London on Saturday 5thMay and will be better prepared to face Bellew who will be wanting a repeat of the previous encounter.
I’m expecting a very exciting close fight in the early rounds with both fighters battling to gain the upper hand in the bout and get an advantage on points. After about five rounds I think the tempo of the fight will be upped as the fighters get more comfortable in the ring. Depending on the fighters’ stamina and condition during the bout I feel it will be a stoppage win for one of them but it will be a close fight from start to finish.
Both fighters have talked the talk and stated their cases as to how the fight will go in the press conferences, but it is now time for the talking to stop and the fighting to begin.