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Does A Tony Bellew vs David Haye Fight Make Sense?

There may have been a cruiserweight world title fight going on on Saturday evening between Tony Bellew and challenger BJ Flores but all eyes and ears were mainly focused on the potential of the current WBC champion facing former heavyweight champion David Haye.

Bellew stopped Flores inside 3 rounds after four knockdowns and then appeared to want to charge at Haye, who was at ringside. The man known as ‘Bomber’ hurled abuse at the hard hitting ‘Hayemaker’, stating: “Those two guys you just fought were a joke and you’re robbing everybody who pays to come to the arena.”

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Bellew’s emotions refused to simmer as he continued with a barrage of words: “Listen, you predicted BJ was going to beat me, didn’t you? You predicted he was going to beat me. He got smashed. And you’re going to get smashed too. You know what, with 10oz gloves on boy, I’ll put you and that pathetic haircut to sleep.

Listen SpongeBob Squarepants, I’ll deal with you in a boxing ring, you’ve got this big aura around yourself, I don’t care.”

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Haye smiled throughout the proceedings and voiced that he would have no problem facing Bellew should there be a demand for it. A couple of weeks ago he stated that an announcement was imminent in regards to who he was going to face next when he steps into the ring, but the wait continues. Will Tony Bellew be next? The wheels have certainly started to roll in motion!

It seems as though the public, especially the more knowledgeable fight fans, know that a Bellew v Haye bout will most likely turn out to be more of an event than a competitive fight but the two fighters have what it takes to seriously create a lot of hype and fluff before the bell rings. Haye and Bellew are loud talkers who exude a lot of confidence, although one would agree that it is the Liverpool man who most likely has the more ability to convince in regards to his capabilities.

Historical reality tells a different story, however. Bellew often leads himself wide open for counter shots which is okay if his opponent does not contain much threatening power. He is also not the fastest British boxer, either. His last two victories have impressed but David Haye is a different kettle of fish, and if it wasn’t for the type of money that this bout could potentially generate then it would be thought that the heavyweight fighter would actually be taking a step backward in his career, as it would not add much to his legacy. He is 36 now and time becomes more crucial for him every day, seeing as speed is one of his main weapons.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21: David Haye of England knocks down Arnold Gjergjaj of Switzerland during their Heavyweight fight at The O2 Arena on May 21, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 21: David Haye of England knocks down Arnold Gjergjaj of Switzerland during their Heavyweight fight at The O2 Arena on May 21, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Mixing with the likes of Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder is where it is if Haye wishes to add authenticity to his standing when he retires. If Wladimir Klitschko does end up facing Anthony Joshua before the year is out, and that is looking more likely by the hour, then maybe he would even consider facing him again should he earn his right!

Whether he would actually want to is another matter. Klitschko will have to win first, too.Tony Bellew, it seems, is clearly looking for a huge pay day right now although he is only 33 and it would not hurt him to make more defences of his WBC title and build his name up. The downside is that there is nobody in his division to make him the kind of money that Haye would. So it is understandable.

So, as usual, money talks. And when it comes to a sport such as boxing that is, and what will always, make the most sense!