The highly anticipated clash between David Haye and Tony Bellew is scheduled for March 4, and it can be expected to be an enthralling fight.
David Coldwell, who is the trainer of Bellew, is of the opinion the bout will involve both boxers going at each other with their absolute best.
But the world-class trainer also focuses on the fact that Haye could be in for a surprise, despite being considered favourite to win the fight at the O2 Arena in London.
Sky Sports quoted Coldwell saying: “We’re not stupid. We know a lot of people are going to say Bellew has no chance, blah, blah, blah. But let me just say this, we’ve got two guys in there who can punch and punch for real.
“We're always said David Haye is not one of the biggest heavyweights out there. He's never been a fighter that can take a lot of punishment.
"If a fighter can be hurt and dropped by Lolenga Mock, who was a super-middleweight. If he can be hurt by that guy, then I'm telling you now that if Bellew hits him on the chin, then he's taking him out, 100 per cent.”
However, he admits that the same could happen the other way as well.
“Vice versa, we're not idiots. David Haye is one of the most destructive punchers there has been around the cruiserweight and heavyweight division. If he lands on Tony, then it's the same thing. Both men have been hurt, both men have showed they have got power.”
The Sky Sports analyst also claims that people and experts are banking on ‘the Hayemaker’ to come up as the winner in this fight but it will not be easy, thereby questioning his agility and fitness levels compared to Bellew.
“The vast majority of people will look at this and say 'David Haye knocks him out.' People are going on the old David Haye. We're not talking about the old David Haye, we're talking about an older, more inactive David Haye.
"When was the last time that David Haye looked fantastic in a real fight?
“The last live opponent he had was Dereck Chisora and we're talking about four, five years from that. Since then, he's been inactive, he's been doing whatever he wants to do. He's had a great life, but he's not had someone trying to take his head off.”
Bellew in form
Coldwell believes Haye has not been in his best shape physically to fight in the ring, despite looking good since his return. On the other hand, the Merseyside boxer has had some phenomenal bouts in recent years.
He added: “Yes he's been training and still looks great, he always does, but he's not been living the life of a fighter.
"That same amount of time since then, Bellew has come from a guy that no one expected to be a world champion to earning his right to become a world champion. He's been having real fights. Mateusz Masternak was a real fight, Illunga Makabu was a real fight and he had a bit of fun in a shootout with BJ Flores, who David Haye said Bellew did not have a chance of beating.
“For me, coupled with the fact they are both big punchers, they both can get hurt, yes it's a 50-50 fight.”
Coldwell knows who the real champion would be after the night in the capital in four months time, asserting that Haye will find it tough, which will be a vast contrast to his previous years.
“Any one of them could go out there and land clean straight away and the fight is over. If this becomes a dogfight, I'm telling you now that David Haye is not going to outfight Tony Bellew. There is no way," he added.
The months ahead of the official announcement was filled with trash talks and call outs between the duo but the real test will be inside the ring when actions will speak louder than words for both athletes.
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