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Haye v Bellew hate match

David Haye and Tony Bellew, who genuinely hate each other, hope to settle their differences when they meet in a 12 round heavyweight matchup at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London on Saturday night.

Even though it could be a possible mismatch it has captured the imagination of British boxing fans with the initial batch of tickets being sold out within an hour.

The 34-year-old Bellew, 28-2-1; 18, from Liverpool is not a natural heavyweight and this will be his first fight in the heavyweight division.

He only recently moved into the cruiserweight class when he beat Valery Brudov for the vacant WBO International cruiserweight title and subsequently went on to capture the vacant WBC cruiserweight belt when he stopped Ilunga Makabu in the third round.

In his most recent fight on October 15, 2016 he won on a third technical knockout against B J Flores to retain the belt. Haye, 36, who has a record of 28-2; 26 is a former WBC/WBA/WBO cruiserweight champion and WBA heavyweight champion.

He is a fully-fledged heavyweight and one of the fastest fighters in his class.

However, on the negative side, since Haye was outpointed by Wladimir Klitschko on July 2, 2011 he has only had three fights, a five-round stoppage victory over Dereck Chisora on July 14, 2012 and wins against over-matched Mark de Mori (tko 1) and Arnold Gjergiaj (tko 2) in 2016.

The two fights only amounted to 5 minutes and 42 seconds of action.

There is a major difference in power between the two fighters, with Haye having an 87 per cent knockout ratio and Bellew 58 per cent.

Bellew is a proud and fiercely determined individual and will not go down easily, even though the odds are stacked against him.

On the undercard, England’s Sam Eggington, 19-3; 11, faces Brooklyn, USA’ s Paulie Malignaggi, 36-7; 7, in a 12-round welterweight contest and IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby, 23-1; 8, meets Spaniard Andoni Gago, 16-2-2; 5, in a ten-round non-title fight.

Meanwhile, WBC bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka, 27-0-2; 19, retained his title when he stopped Mexico’s Carlos Carlson, 22-2; 13, in the seventh round in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday.

Carlson was down five times before the referee stopped the fight at 57 seconds into the seventh round. The 34-year-old southpaw Yamanaka retained his belt for the twelfth time.


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