WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew aims to score a knockout punch on David Haye before the renowned puncher has a chance of landing his own famous ‘Hayemaker’ blow in return.
With eyes wide open to the task that faces him as he steps up in weight, Bellew sees this March clash with Haye as a straight shootout but believes the ex-heavyweight champion is bereft of the bottle needed to get there first.
“I’ve backed him into a corner, left him nowhere to go, and now I have what I want,” said Bellew.
“I’m not under any illusions, I know exactly what I am going up against, it’s big risk, big reward.
“I cop him with my best punch, he’s going to sleep. He cops me with his best punch, more than likely I am going to sleep too.
“I know what I am up against but the big factor for me is, I’m a very active fighter, I’ve had no breaks and I’ve got very little wear and tear on me. If it comes down to a question of heart and determination I win hands down. If it comes down to one punch, it’s a 50-50.
“He hasn’t been in a hard fight for over five years. The last time he had a gut check, he failed it. Going into this fight I 100 per cent know that he does not want it as much as me and he is not going to be as brave as me.”
Haye, 35, fought two low-key return victories in 2016 on the back of a lengthy absence dating back to 2012, but goes into the fight as the heavy favourite to end the argument started by his UK rival earlier this year.