Richie Woodhall: Haye has the power but can he catch Bellew?

David Haye and Tony Bellew
David Haye has a powerful right hand but Tony Bellew is a great defensive boxer, says Richie
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Betfair boxing columnist, Richie Woodhall, takes a tactical look at the Haye v Bellew clash where he expects the Liverpudlian to adopt a defensive approach...

"He boxes well behind his jab, keeps his distance and for a Bellew victory, that approach will be the key. If he comes forward, Haye will try to bring him on to that right hand and then anything can happen."

Bellew's risk-free approach may frustrate Haye

I'm really looking forward to this contest. I think the fight will be won or lost on the boxer making the mistake.

David Haye is such a big puncher that he has the power to knock out probably any heavyweight out there, but he's got to be able to land the shot on the opponent. With Tony Bellew, as we saw in the last contest, he's very well schooled, well educated and very rarely comes over the front foot.

He boxes well behind his jab, keeps his distance and for a Bellew victory, that approach will be the key. If he comes forward, Haye will try to bring him on to that right hand and then anything can happen.

But if you watch the way Bellew boxes, he doesn't take many risks. He stands at range and just gets into the fight, gradually bringing the right hand over, so it could be another frustrating night for David Haye.

We all know he's got the power in that right hand but he's got to find a way to bring Bellew on to that shot and that could be very, very difficult. So if I have to go either way I'd probably edge towards Bellew. But it will be a fantastic contest either wway.

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