David Haye Exclusive: Beterbiev v Gvozdyk won't go as expected

Boxers Beterbiev v Gvozdyk
Betfair ambassador David Haye expects Beterbiev to beat Gvozdyk on points

This fight is expected to be over early as two big hitters face off. Betfair Ambassador David Haye is going against the grain with his prediction...

"when you get two fighters with huge knockout ratios you expect it to be a case of who hits who first, but it doesn’t always work out like that."

The best at light heavyweight

This fight hasn't, and will not, get the media attention it deserves during the build-up.

Regardless of that, it matches two of the best light heavyweights in the world going at it from the first bell. We have two undefeated fighters, two men with tremendous professional records who have fought the very best from the beginning of their careers. They have both become world champions in less than 15 fights apiece and that tells you everything you need to know.

Artur Beterbiev and Oleksandr Gvozdyk will head into this weekend's showdown truly confident in their abilities and will be desperate to prove they are number one in the world. In modern boxing it's rare that we get two undefeated champions going up against each other in a fight of this magnitude. There's also that huge international sporting rivalry that exists between Russia and Ukraine, so I think it's great for boxing. I'm expecting a high-quality affair.

Get your popcorn ready

Both fighters involved here have tremendous knockout records, some of the biggest KO percentages in the light heavyweight division. Beterbiev brings a 100% average and Gvozdyk carries an 82% average, so to say they are heavy-handed is an understatement.

Not only have they been knocking people out, they've been doing it at a very high standard, at world championship level. It's all well and good having a run of KOs against domestic or European fighters but when you're doing it against the best in the business, it really shows the true magnitude of the power.

I'm really looking forward to this fight and it's easy to get caught up in the knockout power on show but it's also worth remembering Beterbiev and Gvozdyk have quality international experience as amateurs. They've fought and beat Russians, Cubans, Ukrainians. They've matched the very best as amateurs and have done exactly the same as professionals.

This is going to be a nip-and-tuck affair all the way through. All it will take is one mistake by either fighter to upset the applecart. They are both so heavy handed that it will take just a fraction of a second, one mistake, one bob when they should have weaved, and we'll see someone unconscious on the floor. Get your popcorn ready and get on the edge of your seats.

Beterbiev to win on points

Sometimes when you get two fighters with huge knockout ratios you expect it to be a case of who hits who first, but it doesn't always work out like that.

I am going for Beterbiev for a close points decision. Although they both have tremendous punching power, I believe both have good enough defences to negate the other's offensive attributes. It will be high skilled, high level boxing match but I'm siding with Beterbiev to find a way to nick the majority of the rounds and sneak through.

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