By Edward Chaykovsky
Dave Coldwell, trainer of WBC cruiserweight world champion Tony Bellew (27-2-1, 17KOs), is confident his fighter will do very well against former two-division champion David Haye (28-2, 26KOs).
Bellew captured the WBC title last Sunday in Liverpool with a knockout of Ilunga Makabu in three rounds. Haye was also in action last month, continuing his comeback which began in January in the heavyweight division.
Haye, 35, ended three-and-a-half years out of the ring in January when he stopped Mark de Mori in the first round. He then blew away Arnold Gjergjaj in the second on May 21.
Haye is scheduled to face former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs in the fall, but Bellew says they are now in talks for a fight.
Bellew, when he was an amateur, sparred with Haye. He claims to have worked Haye over pretty good, forcing the Hayemaker to withdraw from a scheduled fight.
Back then, Coldwell was actually a member of Team Haye. While he wasn't present for the spar, he heard it was an all-out war in the gym.
Coldwell said to Sky Sports: "I don't think The O2 would be big enough for that fight. Whatever people want to say, David Haye was a class fighter and we don't actually know how good he is now because of the guys he's fighting.
"David and Tony sparred a long time ago. Back then, I was part of Hayemaker just before he went on the road towards the heavyweight scene. I was told about that spar and it was fantastic - one that you'd pay to watch. We know Tony is better now and we don't know how good David is right now.
"Haye carries the power to knock out anybody but let's not forget he's vulnerable as well. He was hurt by somebody like Lolenga Mock. He was put over by Jean Marc Mormeck. Any fighter who's been hurt - just like Tony - can get put over.
"There's not a chance that Bellew v Haye would go the distance. You could save on the cost of the show by not getting any judges. Just get a referee and that's it, you're sorted. That fight's not going to the distance and if it happens, it's an exciting fight."