Haye: Bellew Is Like A Chihuahua

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David Haye has said he saw signs of nervousness in Tony Bellew, as they prepare to fight for the first time on Saturday at The O2 Arena.

The pair were face-to-face for the last time at a press conference, before meeting in the ring and Haye was practically calm, as Bellew kept goading him.

The build up to the fight has been full of bad blood between the pair and Haye believes the WBC cruiserweight is starting to feel the weight of the fight.

“It is just nerves, he is nervous,” Haye told Sky Sports News HQ. “He is standing there, looking me in the eyes and he has to talk, that’s his MO.

“He is a Chihuahua, a Chihuahua just starts barking. I’ve got Chihuahuas, I know what they are like. They yap for no reason.

“They have to start yapping because they fear the big dog might come and bite them, so yapping might scare away the big dog.

“His yapping means nothing to me. I could see in his eyes, he was shook, it has got real now. It is all good and well, giving all the big talk prior to the fight.”

“He knows in just over 48 hours, he is going to be getting in a ring with me.

“None of the cameras, none of the security, none of his friends, it is just me and him in a ring with a pair of 10oz gloves on and a referee, who is going to count to 10 over his limp body.”

“Once that bell rings, it is about who is the better athlete, who is faster, who punches harder, who has the better defence, who has the better resume. All these things lead in my favour.

“He is the first guy who has really got under my skin, he has really forced me to get the best out of myself and he is going to be seriously humbled on Saturday night. He has put himself in a real dangerous position.

“He thinks just by eating a load of pork pies and puffing his chest out, he is a heavyweight. It doesn’t work like that.

“I have been campaigning as a heavyweight since 2008. This is his first rodeo and, unfortunately for him, he is in with the hardest punching heavyweight on the planet.”



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