Al Siesta, currently working with top World Boxing Council cruiserweight Mairis Briedis, has given his views on the heavyweight clash between David Haye and Tony Bellew.
Briedis was stipulated to face Bellew by the WBC, even fighting on the Briton’s undercard in October ahead of the pair possibly sharing the ring over the summer with the green and gold belt at stake.
As Briedis contemplates a potential eliminator with Marco Huck in the meantime, Siesta offered his thoughts on whether Bellew can defeat Haye in what would be seen as an upset victory on his top division debut.
“As a boxing fan, I think it’s a great fight and I’m really looking forward to it. Tony has done a great job in selling the fight,” Siesta exclusively told World Boxing News.
“Tony went from being a firm underdog to beat Haye to almost a favorite with some fans in the very short time. He is oozing with confidence after beating Makabu and Flores, so a confident fighter is a dangerous fighter.
“We all know David Haye is still a serious force and one can never underestimate his intelligence and power and that’s why I think it’s a great, competitive match.
“In regards to the outcome, I have split feelings. David is always super focused and dangerous all throughout the fight, but especially in the early rounds.
“If Tony still be in the ring by round six, I would root towards him applying more pressure and starting to dominate in the second half. He could take it to the judges’ scorecards or even gain a late stoppage.
“We don’t really know what sort of Haye will be coming out to the ring in March 2017 and we’ve seen Tony twice recently and he was impressive both times.
“I could be completely wrong but it’s boxing at the end of the day and we won’t know until the first bell rings,” he added.