David Haye’s ‘Phantom Punch’ a warning sign for Tony Bellew
Two-weight world champion David Haye still has lightning fast reflexes despite his veteran years following a left hand only noticed at slow motion speed this week.
During the press conference announcement for his clash with Tony Bellew on March 4, Haye reacted to his UK rival engaging in some pushing by throwing a hook missed initially by the mass of cameras.
Slowing down the footage, Haye’s bare-knuckle shot can just be made out as it slightly connected on Bellew jaw – leading to an eruption of activity from security, Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn and others present.
Suggestions had been made by some since the fight was announced last week that Haye has slowed down somewhat since returning to the sport from a lengthy absence, coupled with ‘The Hayemaker’ recently turning 36 in October.
Judging by the video clips doing the rounds, Haye remains a fast as ever and could be a real handful for Bellew, who is attempting to move up from cruiserweight to make an immediate impact in the top division.
Haye’s two wins since his comeback revealed nothing about how much the Londoner has left, although years of a party lifestyle may yet tell their toll should Bellew make is past the first couple of rounds at The O2 Arena.