March 4, 2017
March 4, 2017
Tony Bellew next fight

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TONY BELLEW plans to give David Haye the shock of his life when they collide at the O2 Arena in London this weekend.

The WBC cruiserweight champion has moved to heavyweight in order to face bitter rival Haye and will enter the ring a heavy underdog.

However he also has a clear idea of how he thinks the fight will unfold, and remains convinced that Haye has not prepared himself accordingly.

“Once he sees that I can keep coming and he’s landed something decent, that’s when he’ll panic,” the Liverpudlian said.

“There’s two fighters here. One’s prepared for a demolition job, the other’s prepared for the fight of his life. I’ve prepared for the most dangerous, hard-hitting man I’ve ever faced in my life. Mentally, I’m prepared for that and half this boxing game is mental.

“I know he has [underestimated me]. There’s no way Shane McGuigan [Haye’s trainer] or him would take a fight with just four weeks of training with each other if it was anyone else in the world. He just thinks I’m a cruiserweight.”

The fraught build-up has been littered with harsh comments and intense posturing and earlier this week Haye exploded during a press conference in Liverpool, which was open to the public, calling the audience “f***ing retards”.

Bellew, who has also criticised Haye’s lavish lifestyle, still admires the Londoner’s achievements in boxing but “detests” him as a person.

“He’s insulted where I’m from and that’s a step too far. I’ve always respected him as a fighter, he’s a one-trick pony but it’s a hell of a trick, he just wipes people out in one go,” he said.

“From a personal perspective I think he’s an absolute gobshite. He’s not a nice fella. He’s completely detached himself and forgotten where he’s from. He’s delusional, he’s in his own little world. He lives in cloud cuckoo land.

“He’s the best fighter I’ve faced in my career, him and Adonis Stevenson, it’s very close. He’s an outstanding athlete, but he’s not an active outstanding athlete, he picks and chooses when he’s in there and it’s going to catch up with him on Saturday night.”