Tony 'The Bomber' Bellew (29-2-1) was an underdog in his first
heavyweight bout as a professional, having formerly competed in the
light-heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions. Although he was a world
class operator, even holding the WBC world title at cruiserweight, he
was still not favored highly against former world heavyweight champion,
David 'Hayemaker' Haye.
Their first bout in March of 2017 was Bellew's
biggest ever payday and many thought it was simply a money making
exercise for the Liverpudlian, and his return to cruiserweight would be
imminent after defeat. 'The Bomber' didn't subscribe to that narrative,
and instead picked up a momentous win, stopping an injured Haye in the
eleventh round of their bout at the O2 Arena.
After picking up £2.8 million ($3.7 million dollars) for the first
encounter, Bellew had scouted other offers but couldn't resist a
potentially bigger paycheck for the rematch, and it's now set to take
place on the 17th December, again at the O2 Arena in London.
However, despite his stoppage win in Haye vs. Bellew I, he still
comes in as an underdog in their second battle. The
latest boxing odds have Bellew at 2/1, compared to Haye's 4/11,
which seems strange considering that he is the man entering with a
His promoter, Eddie Hearn,
believes his fighter should be the frontrunner, despite what the
odds say. "This time I see Bellew as favorite," he said."You've got a
guy who believes he can win."
Those favoring Haye must be placing most of their emphasis on the
ruptured Achilles tendon that the Londoner suffered midway through the
contest but 'The Bomber' had stood up to the former WBA champion's
punches until that point.
The suggestion is that Haye's power will be too much in the later
rounds but the hard-as-nails Liverpool man was able to withstand it when
his foe was fresh and will be an even bigger believer in his ability to
remain standing the longer the fight goes.
Although it's very much about business and money this time, there's
still a personal vendetta that drives Bellew too, and will make him
battle to his last breath.
"He should never have said the things he said, saying my kids are
going to have to visit me in hospital,"
Bellew asserted, evidently still feeling the sting of certain
remarks from Haye ahead of their first fight.
So, whilst he may have already shocked the world and earned enough to
set his family up for life, there's still plenty pushing Tony Bellew on.
To overlook him when he's shown he can mix it with the big boys seems
naive, although of course a fit, fully functioning Haye is always a
Anthony Joshua predicts the same again when the pair go at in
December, and maybe more should follow suit, but it seems it would still
be a surprise to most of 'The Bomber' could make lightning strike twice.