David Haye admits to overestimating himself before first fight vs Tony Bellew

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Tony Bellew and David Haye will face each other in the ring once more at The O2 Arena in London a week on Saturday in a rematch of their clash from March 2017, when Bellew shocked boxing fans when he finished Haye via TKO in the 11th round.

This will be the fourth fight for The Hayemaker since he made his return to the sport of boxing back in January 2016 after a three-and-a-half year absence. It will also be a chance for him to achieve some revenge after losing the first meeting against The Bomber over a year ago.

Haye's first two fights after coming out of retirement over two years ago were easy for him, as he was able to knock out Mark de Mori and Arnold Gjergjaj in a combined three rounds. However, he hit a roadblock when he faced Bellew, and he believes the cause was partly down to complacency.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the former world heavyweight champion said that one of the reasons for his defeat against Bellew in their first meeting was due to the fact he overestimated how good he was following strong performances in his first two comeback fights.

Haye also stated that he didn't take Bellew lightly, as he said: "The Dereck Chisora fight was my last competitive boxing match. Outside of that, in the two comeback fights, I didn't get punched once. It was just me beating someone up.

"I overestimated how good I was. I thought that I was as good as I was in 2012. You can't just take a break, come back, and expect to be just as good. You need to work your way back up.

"I overestimated myself, I'm not sure that I underestimated him (Bellew)."


Joseph Parker's promoter David Higgins has said this week as well that the former WBO heavyweight champion would welcome a fight against either The Bomber or The Hayemaker, depending on which one wins their rematch next week.

A big fight could be in store against Parker for either fighter if they were to win. However, one wouldn't be wrong in thinking that if Haye was to lose to Bellew again when the two face each other in the ring again on May 5, he might retire from the sport of boxing for good.

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