Tony Bellew has predicted David Haye will look for a way out once the former world champion is forced to tough it out during their March 4 clash.
The WBC cruiserweight champion steps up to heavyweight to face big-punching Haye in London but is already seen as a massive underdog to pull off what would be a shock victory to most.
Despite the odds not being in his favour, Bellew is adamant he can make Haye quit as the Liverpudlian believes the two-weight world title holder doesn’t have the stomach for a battle.
“Everyone knows I get off the floor and I fight until the finish. I know the minute it gets tough for David Haye, he’s going to spew It,” said Bellew.
“He thinks he can beat me up in one round with one hand. He’s in for a rude awakening, because if this fight gets hard, and I expect it to be the hardest night of my life, this clown expects a walk in the park and he’s in for a bad night.”
Haye, 36, has fought less than eight rounds of boxing in just under five and a half years, having defeated Dereck Chisora, Mark de Mori and Arnold Gjergjaj since suffering a second career loss to Wladimir Klitschko.
The first time Haye tasted defeat was way back in 2004 when an experienced Carl Thompson taught a then young buck a valuable lesson before taking him out in the fifth round.
Bellew will be hoping to do something similar next spring at a packed O2 Arena with the general consensus being that an early finish would be needed to take out Haye and move on to a possible world title shot.