Trainer: Bellew Will Prove TKO Win Over Haye Wasn't a Fluke

By Keith Idec

Tony Bellew’s trainer is looking forward to his fighter proving that his win over David Haye wasn’t a fluke in their rematch.

David Coldwell told Sky Sports that all he has heard since Bellew stopped Haye in the 11th round March 4 is that the only reason Bellew won was because Haye suffered a debilitating Achilles’ injury in the sixth round. Haye basically fought on one leg for parts of six rounds, but Coldwell reminds critics that Bellew was succeeding against the former WBA heavyweight champion before Haye got hurt.

“We’ve got half the people saying we fluked it, if David hadn’t gotten injured, we’d have got beat,” Coldwell told Sky Sports for a story posted to its website Sunday. “But also from our perspective, it went exactly how we were aiming. Before the fight, look at what we were saying at the press conferences. It was exactly what happened – we even said his body wouldn’t be able to hold out.

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“We weren’t concerned about the early rounds. The fight went how we thought it was going to go. As for this second fight, [Bellew] is going to clear things up. Was this a fluke? Was this for real?”

Bellew was a huge underdog entering their scheduled 12-round fight nearly seven months ago at O2 Arena in London. The former WBC cruiserweight champion dropped Haye once apiece in the sixth and 11th rounds, though, and was ahead by the same margin, 96-93, on all three scorecards before the towel was throw in on Haye’s behalf after Haye was knocked through the ropes late in the 11th round.

Their rematch, set for December 17 at O2 Arena, was officially announced last week.

“I actually expected a better David Haye in the first one,” Coldwell said. “I expected him to be faster and lighter. That was the main point, so this time I do believe he will come in lighter.”

The 6-feet-3 Haye (28-3, 26 KOs), also a former cruiserweight champion, weighed in at 224½ pounds for their first fight. Bellew (29-2-1, 19 KOs), a light heavyweight for most of his career, weighed in at a career-high 213½ pounds for just his second heavyweight bout.

“[Bellew] loves being the underdog,” Coldwell said. “People [are] saying it already, that he is going to get blasted out in a round or two again. Let’s see what happens.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Jsmooth9876 on 10-02-2017

It's ridiculous how people give this Bellew cat credit for that win when Haye literally had one leg. He was falling down all over the place and still lasted like 6 rounds that way after he won near Y every…

Comment by KING5TWENTY on 10-02-2017

Both are sligtly retarded englishmen

Comment by Robbie Barrett on 10-02-2017

Bellew lost nearly every round before Haye got injured. Then Bellew couldn't finish a 1 legged man, look at the replay Haye falls over all by himself Bellew didn't land sh[I]i[/I]t. :lol1:

Comment by Kilrain on 10-02-2017

'We weren't concerned about the early rounds.' So disingenuous – Bellew admitted afterwards that he had written a will in anticipation of potentially being violently knocked out and seriously injured. Straight from the horse's mouth.

Comment by steeve steel on 10-02-2017

Battle of the annoying British loudmouths! I mean... who cares for this fight except other British loudmouths? I love the brits, my girlfriend is British. They're so polite! Even when they're invading a country and killing their people, they do…

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