Haye’s last fight in 2018 came in a rematch against Bellew, who stopped him in both of their match-ups, and he is back to face pal Joe Fournier on a wild Triller fight card tomorrow night
Tony Bellew has backed his old rival David Haye to beat Joe Fournier – even if he is a shadow of his former self.
Haye faces pal Fournier in an eight-round heavyweight bout on the undercard of Evander Holyfield vs Vitor Belfort in his first fight since he and Bellew shared the ring for a second time in 2018.
And the Liverpool fighter is sure that Haye, a former world cruiserweight and heavyweight champion, will be able to comfortably take care of the unbeaten but untested Fournier.
Speaking with Mirror Fighting to promote the video game Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions , where his character Ricky Conlon from the 2016 movie is a key fighter, Bellew predicted an easy win for his old pal Haye.
“I’d wish him luck, but he doesn’t need it,” he said. “If he’s even at 10 per cent of what he can usually do he’ll put this guy in his place.
“But David is David, he’s nuts, he loves it, he just can’t let go, it is what it is.
“I’m working on the weekend and I’m busy, I’m not sure what time it’s on at but if I have to wait until four in the morning there’s no way I’m staying up.”
But Bellew has admitted that he is intrigued, particularly with the news that President Donald Trump will be at ringside providing an alternative broadcast during the event.
“I can’t believe that the former President of the United States is going to be on commentary,” he continued. “What is going on?
“The world is gone nuts, or maybe it’s just me, this is just insane – I don’t even know what you want me to say about it!”
But Bellew has insisted that promoters and governing bodies must make sure that these bouts, which are officially sanctioned at professional level, don’t leave anyone badly hurt.
“I just hope no one ever gets hurt,” Bellew continued.
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“There are guys on this card who are 50+ and if someone gets hurt it crashes down badly on the sport of boxing.
“That’s what I don’t like, I’m happy for everyone making money but just please don’t get hurt, because then it comes down really bad for boxing.
“Make no mistake, these aren’t boxing matches, these are glorified exhibitions and they shouldn’t come under a boxing banner.
“They should call it ‘a night of combat sports’, because none of these guys are boxers.
“Evander and David are both real boxers, but they’re the only ones of any real note and they’re facing guys who just aren’t boxers at all.”
Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions is available September 10th on Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4 and Xbox.
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