Former WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew has revealed that even his personal promoter Eddie Hearn thought he was going to lose his first battle with David Haye.
‘The Bomber’ was a large underdog heading into his 2017 battle towards Haye, who loved super quantities of success in his profession – unifying the cruiserweight division earlier than successful the WBA World heavyweight world title in 2009.
Bellew understands why so many individuals counted him out as Haye was a way more gifted fighter than he was. Regardless of that, the Scouser was at all times assured that he would be capable to survive an early storm and take out ‘The Hayemaker’ late on.
“I do know I’m messing round with some of the harmful heavyweights this nation has ever produced. Athletically, he’s a specimen and a half,” Bellew informed ITV.
“He’s faster than me, he stronger than me, he’s extra harmful. I’ve bought no downside saying David Haye is a greater fighter than me. I put a sport plan in place and I do know I’m going to get him.”
It appeared that Bellew was the one one who believed in his grasp plan, with Hearn refusing to take the cash he was due for the bout as a result of he was so certain his fighter would lose.
“Going into the battle my very own promoter didn’t assume I used to be going win. The person who put the battle on, Eddie Hearn, he truly took much less of a proportion as a result of he thought I used to be gonna lose,” Bellew added.
“He mentioned, ‘Tony, I believe you’re the perfect cruiserweight on this planet. This man is a heavyweight and he’s harmful, have a look at the form he’s in.”
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The retired Scouser dramatically secured one of many greatest upset victories in British boxing historical past when Haye was withdrawn within the eleventh spherical at London’s O2 Area after struggling a suspected Achilles harm in spherical six.
In Could 2018, Bellew silenced any speak about his first win being a fluke when he dominated Haye earlier than knocking him out inside 5 rounds to ship him into retirement.