Opinion | Mar 05 2017

In Clarke’s Shoes: Behind the scenes at David Haye vs Tony Bellew

Andrew Clarke gets a unique insight into David Haye vs Tony Bellew from Carl Froch
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David Haye is knocked down by Tony Bellew  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

I think it’s fair to say that David Haye vs Tony Bellew delivered something none of us could have predicted.

I trotted along to the press conference on Thursday and weigh in on Friday. I was commentating on the first half of the bill so the two main men were of no great concern to me; I was more interested in Jack Sellars, Jake Bonalie and Craig Glover who were all happy to talk. Lee Selby’s fight was also one of mine and I had a good chat with Jamie Sanigar about what would be next for the IBF featherweight champion. The picture’s still unclear but the news that Carl Frampton’s been slotted in at number three in the IBF rankings was greeted with enthusiasm.

I got to the 02 at about midday on the day of the fight which is ridiculously early but I just like to skulk around, sit on all sides of the ring, look in the dressing rooms before the fighters have arrived and then make the walk to the ring to see how the arena looks from there. It’s mad really but it’s what I always do.