Former unified cruiserweight world champion David Haye hit back at Tony Bellew on Saturday night following an outlandish tirade by the current WBC king.
Bellew, 33, jumped out of the ring seconds after defeating BJ Flores in an attempt to attack Haye before giving the Londoner both barrels verbally in his post-fight interview at the Echo Arena.
Despite initially looking bemused by the situation that transpired following friend BJ Flores being stopped, Haye composed himself enough to give his own straightforward thoughts on a potential 2017 pay-per-view battle with Bellew.
“Bellew has dynamite in his fists but would that work on me? I don’t think so,” Haye told Sky Sports. “He was taking a few big shots in the process, his defence was leaky. Against me, that’d take one shot.
“I’ve been a heavyweight for eight or nine years. If he wants to come up, it’s an easy night’s work.
“I’ll probably knock him out with a jab,” added the one-time heavyweight title holder.
Haye has fought two low-key bouts since returning from a four-year exile and has pencilled in a date of December 10 for his third fight of 2016. Any encounter with Bellew would probably take place in the first six months of next year, provided both camps could agree on some sort of catchweight.
Prior to his semi-retirement, Haye was weighing around 210 to 2015 pounds for his fights when fully fit, whilst more recently, the ‘Hayemaker’ is coming in at the 225 to 227 mark.
The latter weight would possibly be too wide a mark for Bellew, leading to the potential for a contracted weight of around the 210 to 215 limit for a contest between the UK rivals.