Set to receive the biggest payday of his career to date, Tony Bellew is just weeks away from stepping inside the ring once again with former world heavyweight champion David Haye.
The duo are set to battle inside London's O2 Arena on May 5, and Bellew will be looking to prove victory in the first fight was anything but a fluke.
Off the back of an intense 14-week training programme for the fight, Bellew could not be in better condition ahead of fight night, which was originally scheduled for December last year before a freak injury ruled Hayemaker out.
Over a year removed since the two veterans fought last, there is clearly no love lost between the former cruiserweights, despite a showing of mutual respect following Bellew's win on March 4.
This week, Bellew has shot back after Haye stated he hadn't been impressed with the power of the scouse fighter, vowing to tweak his punching technique and stop the 35-year-old.
In response, Bellew has shockingly revealed Haye's claim as the last undisputed cruiserweight champion isn't entirely merited.
“He’s had a fantastic career,” Bellew said of the Bermondsey man in a conversation with iFL TV.
“Former English, Commonwealth, European, world champion, undisputed world cruiserweight champion.
“He wasn’t properly undisputed though because he did dodge a couple of other champions, for the people out there that don’t actually know.
“He stayed well away from the likes of Fabrice Tiozzo, the likes of O’Neil Bell, so his career was manufacturer very well, there’s nothing wrong with that.
“He was in a position of power, but David Haye has never fought or won a final eliminator in his life. He has never had to go through the rankings like I had to.
“They are just different things that different fights have to do at different times and that is what has made me the fighter I am. I can’t complain, I’m very happy with where I’ve got to.
You can watch the full Tony Bellew interview with iFL TV below.
“I’ve got where I’ve got with much less talent, athleticism and ability than David Haye has ever had.
“It’s funny now how we’re sharing the same stage.”
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