Tony Bellew and David Haye will resume their rivalry on May 5 as the pair prepare for their highly anticipated rematch at the 02 Arena.
During their first encounter, it was the ‘Bomber’ who reigned supreme, winning via TKO in round eleven of the contest.
One man who admitted to having inside knowledge before the fight is Tyson Fury’s new cornerman Ben Davison.
Speaking exclusively to World Boxing News, he said: “I spent a lot of time with Tony to prepare for the first David Haye fight and obviously he came out and won so fair play to him and Dave Coldwell.
“They called it, people can say Haye got injured, this that and the other but what I can tell you is; Dave Coldwell and Tony Bellew both said to me they knew Haye’s body before the fight wasn’t going to be able to withstand a high-tempo twelve-rounds and they got that right.”
Quizzed on Haye’s fitness and chances of avenging his loss on May 5, Davison responded: “If Haye’s body can get through the training, it will happen (the fight). If he comes in a bit lighter at 16 stone compared to last time, then it will help him. His weight in the first fight took away his best attributes which are his balance, punch variety, power and speed. If he can come in a bit lighter it can naturally help him with his balance and power, being that bit quicker and snappier.”
Having experienced his first fight as a heavyweight last April, Davison expects Bellew to improve on his victory over Haye last April.
He added: “What I can tell you as well is that I saw Bellew during his preparation for the Haye rematch and he looked a little bit more comfortable with the bigger man in there.
“He’s definitely improved from that fight before. With the wear and tear on Haye’s body and Bellew coming out with the win and making improvements, it should be a good fight with Haye having the power also.”
Davison is currently in Marbella with Fury as the ‘Gypsy King’ looks to continue shredding the weight ahead of his comeback, which is expected towards the end of April.
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95