David Haye is set to make his long-awaited comeback to the ring and his first match following a lengthy recovery from injury will be against rival Tony Bellew in a rematch of last year's blockbuster clash.
The encounter is set to take place at the O2 Arena on May 5 and if their first meeting is anything to go by, it should be a cracker.
Last time out, Bellew came out on top via TKO in the 11th round after Haye struggled to keep up due to an Achilles injury.
Ahead of the highly-anticipated rematch in May, Tyson Fury's new coach Ben Davison has revealed he actually worked closely with Bellew's team before the original encounter.
And he praised the former cruiserweight champion for how he and his team prepared for his first fight at a higher weight. According to Davison, they had actually predicted Haye would struggle to see out the full 12 rounds.
“I spent a lot of time with Tony to prepare for the first David Haye fight and obviously he came out and won so fair play to him and Dave Coldwell," Davison told World Boxing News.
“They called it, people can say Haye got injured, this that and the other but what I can tell you is; Dave Coldwell and Tony Bellew both said to me they knew Haye’s body before the fight wasn’t going to be able to withstand a high-tempo twelve-rounds and they got that right.”
Asked about Haye's chances during the rematch, Davison replied: "If Haye’s body can get through the training, it will happen (the fight).
"If he comes in a bit lighter at 16 stone compared to last time, then it will help him. His weight in the first fight took away his best attributes which are his balance, punch variety, power and speed.
"If he can come in a bit lighter it can naturally help him with his balance and power, being that bit quicker and snappier.”
Despite the optimism about Haye's physical condition, Davison has stated that he also expects to see an improved Bellew for the May 5 showdown.
He added: "What I can tell you as well is that I saw Bellew during his preparation for the Haye rematch and he looked a little bit more comfortable with the bigger man in there.
“He’s definitely improved from that fight before. With the wear and tear on Haye’s body and Bellew coming out with the win and making improvements, it should be a good fight with Haye having the power also.”
Davison is currently working with Fury in Marbella with the 'Gypsy King' working towards a return to action expected to be towards the end of April.
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