Haye and Bellew will settle an old score in London on Saturday night but will we see repeat or revenge? Frankie Monkhouse thinks he has found a great bet at a cracking price....
"At 37 years old his best is undoubtedly behind him and as a 15-year career begins to take its toll on his body the Bermondsey banger is finding it increasingly difficult to see out a training camp"
David Haye and Tony Bellew aim to settle their long-running quarrel when meeting at the 02 Arena, London on Saturday evening in a 12-round contest. Hayemaker lost in the 11th of a pulsating clash vs the same opponent in March 2017 but goes in search of revenge with the full backing of the betting.
Bellew suffered a broken hand on-route to that TKO win over Haye - the first time the Londoner had been stopped since 2004 - but the beaten man suffered a painful ruptured Achilles, leaving him little more than a stationary target. Still he went close to travelling the distance and that's the reason we go again.
Each of Haye's last five wins have been by KO/TKO
On paper there's not an awful lot to support Haye as a strong favourite. At 37 years old his best is undoubtedly behind him and as a 15-year career begins to take its toll on his body the Bermondsey banger is finding it increasingly difficult to see out a training camp, let alone win a fight of any note. David has lost two of his last five with those defeats coming at the fists of Wladimir Klitschko in 2011 and Bellew last time. The spares don't exactly fill us with confidence either.
Haye beat Dereck Chisora at Upton Park in five rounds in 2012 before deciding to hang up the gloves. It didn't last, as we knew it wouldn't, and he came back to record a couple of easy TKO victories over little-known fighters Mark de Mori and Arnold Gjergjaj.
Each of Haye's last five wins have come inside-the-distance and another KO/TKO is favourite with Betfair traders in the method of victory market, available at 4/5 on the Betfair Sportsbook against the 11/2 for a points cheer.
Bellew unbeaten since Adonis Stevenson 2013
Tony Bellew promised fans he'd send David Haye into retirement and rid the sport of a man who was fast becoming a bit of an annoyance to followers of the noble art. He thought he had done just that when upsetting the odds last year to topple the more fancied fighter - but still he was unable to remove the thorn from his side. Few had Bomber to stop Hayemaker but the fact it took to the 11th round to get rid of a man who was standing still at the finish took the shine of the result.
That means 35-year-old Bellew is unbeaten since going down in six to Canadian Adonis Stevenson late in 2013 for the WBC light heavyweight world title. Tony responded by rattling off nine wins on the bounce with only two of those travelling the scheduled distance - Nathan Cleverly (2014) and Mateusz Masternak (2015).
Fancy this fight to follow a similar pattern to last year's clash? Lovers of a plucky underdog will find [3.10] on the Betfair Exchange or if you have a bit more confidence in the Scouser there's an eye-catching [5.20] for another stoppage win. Chunky offer but it is more likely than Tony winning on points which goes at [7.4].
Punters will get more for their money on another KO
Bellew shocked everyone when beating Haye. Not only did the result catch many off-guard but fight fans were pleasantly surprised by the 6ft 3inch orthodox's polished boxing skills and defence on the night. The build-up told us both men would stand in front of each other and throw bombs but that wasn't the case and it won't be again here. The bout going over eight rounds makes sense at [1.20].
Those tuning into the action are guaranteed another entertaining night but as a punter there's little doubt where the smart money goes - Tony Bellew by KO/TKO at [5.20]. For your stake money you're getting Bomber to stop his foe again and you'll also get the safety net of being paid out if Haye breaks down mid-fight with another injury. Get more for your money.
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To mark David Haye becoming a Betfair Ambassador, we have a huge OddsBoost for Saturday's fight. Haye to win in rounds 7-12 boosted from 10/3 to 9/2. T&Cs appl
Back Tony Bellew to win by KO/TKO at [5.20]