Tony Bellew says David Haye will quit when their grudge fight gets too demanding, as be feels the boxer doesn’t have the fight in him anymore.
They Merseyside boxer is preparing for his fight against 36-year-old Haye on March 4 and doesn’t think Haye has the desire to stay in the ring.
Haye just returned to the ring after a lengthy injury layoff, Bellew doesn’t believe the former two-weight world champion is mentally strong and will exploit that.
“What I will tell you is, if this fight goes past four rounds, he’s going to quit,” said the current WBC cruiserweight champion
“At some stage, it will get too hard and he will quit. He hasn’t got the fight in him anymore.
“I love fighting. I am not 100 per cent in the head, I enjoy having a fight. We will see on March 4, where it happens, when it happens, but I must stress when I knock out David Haye on March 4 – I am then the best heavyweight in the world outside of them champions.
“Just let that sink in and think about where do I go from there.”
Bellew does concede that Haye is the “most dangerous” heavyweight in the world, although he expects to emerge the winner from either a gruelling battle, or a four round firefight.
“He’s the best heavyweight in the world outside of the champions,” said Bellew. “There is no debating that whatsoever.
“He’s possibly the most dangerous heavyweight in the world, including the champions. What does he do very well? He has got a massive right hand. His technique’s not the best but his fantastic athleticism allows him to make up for that.
“If I can drag him to the second half of the fight and to the deep waters, I will drown him, I will win easy, but I don’t think it will get that far.
“I do believe this fight could be a four-round shootout and I am under no illusions if he catches me clean in the first four rounds I am going to have to get off the floor to win, but make no mistake he’s going to have to do the same thing.
“The big difference between me and him, he hasn’t got it in him to get off the floor.”