Khan: Haye too strong, Bellew should stay at his own weight
British welterweight Amir Khan believes Tony Bellew has taken a step too far in agreeing to a heavyweight clash with compatriot David Haye.
In his quest for a well-deserved and massive payday, Bellew immediately targeted Haye after claiming the WBC cruiserweight title as the ‘Hayemaker’ is looked upon as one of the smaller heavyweights around.
Haye, who won the unified 200 pound crown himself before embarking on a run in the top division, used to fight around the 225 mark, although has since packed on 10lbs since returning from a four-year absence.
This could be key to their March 4 pay-per-view fight as Khan sees the rejuvenated Haye as having too much brute force for Bellew, 33, when the pair lock horns in front of a packed crowd at The O2 Arena.
“I think he’s maybe just tried to bite too much by going in the ring with a heavyweight,” Khan told Sky Sports.
“I like Bellew. I think he’s a great fighter and a great champion. I think he should have stayed at his own weight category.
“David’s a natural heavyweight and he’s a very big puncher. Can he deal with that power? Can he take them big shots?
“David has also got a lot of speed. I can’t see (Tony Bellew) winning this fight. I am sorry to say that. David is much bigger and much stronger and has a little bit more experience going into that fight.”
Many see Bellew’s only chance of victory coming in the opening round when the ‘Bomber’ could potentially catch his rival cold, although the last man to halt 36 year-old Haye was Carl Thompson over twelve years ago.