First off, massive congratulations to Tony Bellew for capturing the vacant WBC Cruiserweight title on Sunday at his beloved Goodison Park.
It was an occasion to remember and one that was well deserved. Truly a moment that dreams are made of.
Then he calls out the Hayemaker for a battle at Cruiserweight. Strange, unrealistic and a prospect that has about as much chance as Kell Brook fighting someone significant.
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The last time David Haye stepped through the ropes as a Cruiserweight he unified the titles by knocking out Enzo Maccarinelli in two rounds.
Enzo has never recovered from it and his career has spiralled downwards ever since. Haye’s claims before and after the fight were that he was struggling to make the cruiser limit, didn’t have the punch resistance because of it, and had to step up to heavy. That domestic tussle was March 2008, over eight years ago.
Haye himself has actually sent a video message via Twitter claiming that he’d be up for a battle against the Bomber.
Why? The fighter from Bermondsey would have to take off a stone-and-a-half if he was to take the offer, assuming it’s genuine, an offer I don’t personally think he could comply with due to his age and well-documented struggle with the limit.
It’s good publicity for the two of them. Haye’s had a fair bit recently, all for the wrong reasons, and Bellew’s going to need some positive publicity/performances if he’s ever going to headline on Sky Box Office again – his bore-fest against Nathan Cleverly in November 2014 drew a massive amount of criticism.
Casual boxing fans will probably be all over this talk like a rash but the bottom line is that even a weight-drained Haye would probably dispatch of Bellew pretty comfortably.
What we’d get is a mismatch and, ironically, it would pan out like the Hayemaker’s last tussle at Crusierweight, a knockout within two rounds.
Again, congratulations to Tony Bellew for completing the dream. But if he ever steps in the ring with the former two-weight World Champion, the ‘Bomber’ is getting bombed out.