DAVID HAYE will head to Las Vegas this week to link up with trainer Shane McGuigan in preparation for his grudge clash with Tony Bellew on March 4.
The former cruiser and heavyweight king has been training in Miami the past few weeks under Steven Broughton, a key member of Shane’s training team.
Some have speculated over the reasoning behind Haye’s seclusion, but McGuigan revealed it has merely been pragmatic while he prepares Carl Frampton for his rematch with Leo Santa Cruz this weekend.
“He’s coming out here [Vegas] on Thursday, then we’ve got five weeks after this weekend,” he told Boxing News.
“I think that’s enough for Tony Bellew, I know people have been asking if I’m still working with David Haye – yeah I am. It’s just, I have a job to do. David just needs to get fit, he needs to get fit the first few weeks, then we’ll sharpen up, get the sparring in. He doesn’t need to be sparring for 10 weeks at a time. He’ll spar for three or four weeks, get sharp, get in tune and that’s what we’re going to do.”
Behind the scenes I have an incredible core team who make up #TeamHayemaker. Each play a unique but equally vital role in my pre fight preparations. Introducing, @StevieBboxing has been Shane’s right hand man for over three years now, working behind the schemes with the likes of myself, Frampton and Groves, a trusted boxing and conditioning coach. One of very few people Shane will trust to work with his fighters. Steve has been with me throughout my camp in Miami and now back in London, building on my strength, ensuring it converts to speed and power on March 4 at the o2 Arena live of SKY Box-office. The Bellend Bellew will wish he kept his motor mouth shut!! #KOBellend
The buid-up to Haye-Bellew has already been full of spite between the two protagonists, but McGuigan admitted he likes Bellew – however he still has a job to do.
That job will see him remain Stateside long after Frampton-Santa Cruz though, as the bulk of Haye’s training will continue to take place in Miami.
McGuigan said: “We’ll do two or three sessions here, then we’ll fly out and be in Miami for three weeks, then come back [to the UK] and have 10 days of training and we’ll taper down for the last few days, weigh in and get the job done.”
Liverpudlian Bellew – the WBC cruiserweight champion who will take on Haye at heavyweight – has been toiling away with trainer Dave Coldwell, but remains unimpressed by some of Haye’s posts on social media.
He’s doing what he does best…. I#PosingForTheCameras https://t.co/XmWKvztR6f
— Tony Bellew (@TonyBellew) December 31, 2016