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Haye Vows Pain: I'll Drag it Out For as Long as Bellew Can Stand!

David Haye intensified his mind games with Tony Bellew by claiming Saturday’s rematch will be “dragged out for as long as Bellew can stand”.

The former WBA heavyweight champion is under pressure to revive his career at London’s 02 Arena and recognises that unless he avenges last March’s defeat, he will never fight again.

He ruptured his Achilles during that 11th-round defeat and a biceps injury then forced him to postpone Saturday’s fight from December. Before the first of those he had also fought less than eight rounds since 2012.

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With that the case, significant concerns surround his stamina and potential ring-rust, with his best chance of victory considered to be pursuing an early stoppage.

Bellew, 35, is also widely considered the more durable of the two fighters but Haye, who prior to Bellew regularly succeeded in getting into his opponents’ minds, is adamant he will do the opposite to what so many expect.

“Normally I look to close the show quickly but, this time, I will drag it out for as long as Tony can stand up,” said the 37-year-old, who last year recruited Cuba’s Ismael Salas as his new trainer after splitting with Shane McGuigan.

“He will not hear the final bell. I will break him down and stop him.

“I believe this fight goes longer than six rounds. I am looking and bringing this fight as long as it can go.

“It will be toe-to-toe action. I will bring the heat way more than I did last time. Last time it wasn’t educated pressure, it was just reckless. This time it will be educated.

“Last time I was too angry, I let Bellew wind me up. (Living with defeat has) been horrible. Do you know Bellew’s personality? He’s rubbed it in. I cannot allow that to happen again.

“He’s been a world champion at cruiserweight but he’s moving to heavyweight; this is my division so we’ll see who the main man is.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Scopedog on 05-03-2018

See, if I were Haye I'd want to end it ASAP before his kneecap spontaneously explodes or something

Comment by micky1971 on 05-03-2018

Should be Haye by big ko assuming he does have an injury. Bellew never felt the full force of Hayes punches in the first fight. Bellew doesn’t have the power to actually hurt or stop Haye imo. Bellew best chance…

Comment by slimPickings on 05-03-2018

Not sure of what to make of these two part-time boxers. Pretty sure they are getting paid a pretty penny for this farce. I want to like Bellew but something him about him turns me off. Haye on the other…

Comment by IrishDiscussion on 05-02-2018

[QUOTE=_Rexy_;18731174]More so, Bellew who is only like 210lbs and looks soft as ****. Haye at least put up 25lbs and stayed in the division for more than just a cup of coffee.[/QUOTE] Haye alrdy lost. you watched the presser? it's…

Comment by IrishDiscussion on 05-02-2018

bellew by ko, rd 7

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