David Haye has admitted his career is on the line Saturday night and he will contemplate calling it quits even if he emerges victorious.
Haye is hoping to gain revenge following his eleventh-round defeat last year to the ‘Bomber’ at the 02 Arena and knows he has to win emphatically if he is to get back into title contention.
Ahead of their bout, Haye said: “I know my career is 100% on the line. Anything other than a spectacular victory, I’m going to retire from boxing. Plain and simple.
“So even if I win the fight, but I struggle and I look bad, I get a cut, I get knocked down, that will be it for me in boxing. Because I can’t look at doing anything in the sport on a real world stage if I can’t dispatch of Tony Bellew in good fashion.”
The ‘Hayemaker’ is training with his second new coach in as many fights after amicably splitting with Shane McGuigan last year. Ismael Salas has taken over the reins last year and the highly regarded trainer was caught up in an interaction with Bellew in Liverpool on Monday.
Speaking at the press conference, Salas said: “As Tony Bellew says, we have one David Haye, the best four-rounder in the world. Okay that’s good. You listen up (Bellew) you have little respect yourself, shut up. Don’t forget, we have the best physical trainer who put David Haye with the four more rounds and you have Ismael Salas who puts in four more rounds.
“So for you baby, it will be twelve rounds. Make sure of it. Let’s see if you can hold it.”
Bellew’s trainer Dave Coldwell was then given the opportunity to voice his views on the contest and he concluded: “I’ll tell you something, I don’t know if it was David Haye or if somebody said Tony Bellew’s brilliant at getting under peoples skin. Jesus, you have been the coolest man at these tables all the way through. Tony Bellew’s got under the coaches skin.”
“I ain’t really got a lot to say, all I’m going to say is repeat.”
Titled ‘Repeat or Revenge,’ the pair meet at the 02 Arena this weekend on May 5 live on Sky Sports PPV.
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95