Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye fights Tony Bellew on the 4th March, 2017 at the O2.
There has been a lot of antics and exchanges of words leading up to the fight.
Haye threw a punch at Bellew in November, when they met at a news conference to promote the fight. “He’s unbelievable, the biggest diva boxing has ever seen,” Bellew said after. The incident certainly worked to gain some exposure.
Other exchanges between the fighters have helped to boost the rivalry. Haye had previously boasted that even if he was drunk, he would still beat Bellew.
“I could go clubbing every night. From now until the fight… get smashed out of my mind every night, and I’ll still knock you out.
“I will turn up, drunk out of my head, and you’ll get knocked out.”
For the fight to happen, Bellew hinted there was a series of conditions that he had to meet.
“I don’t fear him,” said Bellew. “He’s got this thing that I’m scared of him. All those demands, all those stipulations you put in.
“‘I want the ring this size, I want the mat that size’… Listen mate, I’m not going to run from you. I know you believe I’m going to run.
“All these stipulations he put in, I’m surprised he didn’t ask me to carry him to his seat in the press conference, to be honest.
While amusing, it has started to feel like a bit of a pantomime. Boxing fans don’t seem to mind though. The event at the O2 was sold out within a matter at minutes, with each ticket costing around £400.
Where to watch live on TV
The fight is being shown on Sky Box Office, at a cost of about £14. This is the only place you will be able to watch the fight in the UK. Coverage starts at 6pm on Sky, and the fight will start at around 10pm.
Despite tickets selling out in just a few minutes, bookmakers are not expecting a close fight, nor one that even may last long.
- Haye is favourite to win the bout at odds of just 1.14, and Bellew is available at 5.50 (odds supplied by Bet 365, correct at time of writing).
- Bet 365 have priced up Haye winning in the first three rounds at just 3.75, while the shortest odds are for the fight to end in rounds four to six.
- In the build up to the fight, Haye has claimed Bellew has a ‘leaky defence’, and Bet 365 reckon this is the case with odds of just 1.30 that he will win by either knockout, technical knockout or disqualification.
It’s likely that betting offers will become available closer to the fight. When betting sites have them, we’ll add them to the boxing page, and to this page.
- Boylesports – Money back as a free bet on round betting if the fight ends in round one. Given that Bellew’s best chance at winning this fight is landing a haymaker, and that Haye himself will be landing punches with force means it won’t be a surprise if this fight only lasts one round.
The only offers available right now are related to accumulators, with 10Bet’s ‘Acca Jacker’ and Betfair’s ‘Acca Edge’, both of which offer accumulator insurance.