DAVID HAYE is desperate to beat Tony Bellew in good style, to earn himself a shot at unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. But it requires a ‘destructive’ performance against his Liverpudlian rival.
“A medium day is not good enough, it might be good enough to beat Bellew but beating Joshua, [Deontay] Wilder, [Joseph] Parker or anyone else who holds a title, will be so far out of my reach, what’s the point?” asked Haye. “I am not in there to get beat by these guys, I want to become the best in the division. Bellew offers a barometer but it is not just the win, if I knock him out in the three rounds but suffer a cut or knockdown and it is a real battle, I will know… How would Joshua, Parker or Wilder handle Bellew. Does he even get past two rounds with those guys? If he gets through more than that with me, then why am I even thinking about fighting those guys?
“If I do not take him out in a destructive way and make it look like a complete mismatch then I don’t see that I can start looking at titles.”