David Haye believes that his countryman Tony Bellew will lose his fight with BJ Flores for the cruiserweight title this Saturday.
It will be the first instance that Bellew will be defending his World Boxing Council (WBC) cruiserweight championship since winning the belt by sensationally stopping Ilunga Makabu at Goodison Park in May 2016.
The highly anticipated clash is set to take place at Echo Arena in Liverpool which would be viewed across the globe.
The feud between Haye and Bellew has been an issue recently as the 33-year-old has called out his compatriot on a number of occasions. In response to it, Haye has declared that if Bellew manages to beat his ‘friend’ Flores this weekend, he could consider stepping into the opposition corner in future.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Haye said: “I don’t think Tony is going to win the fight. BJ is a big cruiserweight.”
He highlighted the physicality of both boxers, pointing out the problems Bellew might face against Flores.
“Look at them next to each other, there’s not a lot in it at first sight but Tony is tall and skinny whereas BJ is wide and thick set and can punch.”
Haye commended the skills and talent of the American boxer, who he thinks is on the threshold of something big sooner rather than later.
He added: “BJ is very underrated, he hasn't perhaps performed to the best of his ability in his big fights but he's been boxing since his was six, has great amateur pedigree boxing all over the world and I think Tony has underestimated him."
The 36-year-old accepted that Flores might not be the favourite with the bookies for an upset but he confident of the outcome of the fight.
"Tony thinks it's an easy touch and BJ is a huge underdog with the bookies, I think he's worth backing to cause the upset.
"Tony is a good fighter and he was good against Makabu, he was an underdog himself, he got decked in the first and spun it round and did the job so you have to give him credit for that - but is he a real cruiserweight?”
The ‘Hayemaker’ will be part of the Sky team when the ‘Bomber’ takes the ring against Haye’s pal BJ Flores.
By winning the tie, Bellew can answer his critics and thereby stamp his authority in the ring at least till next year.