Watch: Haye v Bellew presser in full / head-to-head, plus quotes

Haye v Bellew 02/03/2017

Matchroom Boxing

David Haye and Tony Bellew met for the penultimate time befoe their highly-anticipated clash on Saturday night at the O2 Arena.

The London leg of the presser was a much quieter affair than the recent Liverpool one, although both fighters were clearly in battle mode.

Here’s what they both had to say:

“It’s nearly time to rock ‘n’ roll,” Bellew said.

“The main thing is; no excuses. There’s a reason you’ve all heard about injuries. We all get sore, we all get bumps. This is brutal. The camps are hard, and long. So no excuses – I don’t want to hear any,” he stated.

“You’ll see the end of Hayemaker 2.0 and the start of Hayemaker 3.0 – it’s like the Die Hard movies over here.

“I hope, once the going gets tough, he sticks with it. I would hate for him to say, ‘I’ve had enough’ because that’s bad for the fans. I haven’t got that in me.

“I’ve shown I can follow a game-plan. I will execute my game-plan, and I hope he’s willing to go as far as I am.”

“Hit and not get hit, that’s what I’ll try and do.

“I don’t enjoy getting punched, and I have no intention of getting whacked. The dream is to get the job done with minimal damage to myself.

“Just a win. This is the first time in five years David has fought someone who punches back. It will be a hard fight for five rounds then we’ll see a shift in the pattern.

“I am not a punchbag. I am a world champion.”

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Haye said: “He’s made things personal so if he wants to do that I will make sure he never ever does that again.

“I hope he keeps getting up. I hope he has a big heart like he says and I hope your little rat coach (Dave Coldwell) doesn’t throw the towel in.

“I am 100 per cent fit as much as any fighter in the ring. I feel better than I’ve ever felt.

“I’ve not trained for him, I’ve trained for someone much better than him. I hope he comes in improved as I could do with going 10 or 12 rounds. I hope he brings his A-game.

“I’m legally allowed to inflict as much punishment as a I can for 36 minutes. It’s not going to be a one-punch knockout. I really hope you keep getting up like you say you will.

“But my gut instinct tells me I will just go over there and with the first one, stun him, then the second, third or fourth, finish him off.

“I can’t see it going any other way.

“He will have to do something really impressive in the ring for me to respect.

“Respect is earned. You don’t just get it. He is not a heavyweight and he doesn’t deserve my respect – and he won’t if it goes the way I think it will.

“Unless he has had a brain transplant, a body transplant and has got a new chin, he will get knocked out early… really early.

“I am prepared for your rough tactics and low blows – like you did against my friend and I will get revenge for my friend.

“And actually, I might go out clubbing tonight.”