After being defeated by Tony Bellew twice in just over a year, David Haye has insisted that his former rival must have ‘something up his sleeve’, in order to cause another shock against Oleksandr Usyk, Sky Sports report.
Usyk, who holds all four major cruiserweight titles, is preparing to take on Bellew in Manchester next weekend, placing his 15-match undefeated streak on the line and revealed earlier in the week that he may target heavyweight Anthony Joshua if he comes out on top against Bellew.
After stopping Haye twice at heavyweight level, Bellew is stepping back down to cruiserweight level to face the highly fancied Ukrainian, with many in the sport claiming the Merseysider doesn’t have a chance.
However, talking to Sky Sports after Dereck Chisora’s rematch with Dillian Whyte was announced, Haye was asked about his former rival’s chances of beating Usyk, admitting his former enemy could well cause another surprise.
Bellew moved up in weight and put in performances like any puncher would. The fact he was able to deck me as many times as he did, I can attest to his punch power.
When people are riding high their confidence is moving in the right direction. He’s not been bashed up, he’s coming off a nice string of victories.
But he is an underdog. He’s fighting someone who has never lost, is a natural big man, a southpaw, very tricky. But anything is possible. I would have bet anything that he couldn’t beat me, and he somehow pulled it off.
I’m sure Bellew has something up his sleeve against southpaws that he’s never shown before.