The bookmakers have opened up betting on the rematch between Tony Bellew and David Haye, which is set to take place in London on December 17. Haye is the -300 favourite to reverse the result with the man from Liverpool, while Bellew is +225 to defeat the former heavyweight world champion for a second time.
Haye picked up an Achilles injury in the sixth round of their opening contest after which ensured that it was always going to be an uphill task for the Haymaker as he struggled to stand on his feet. The referee eventually stopped the fight in the 11th round to give Bellew the upset.
There is no question that when you look through the careers of the two men, Haye has achieved a lot more in the sport and is the better boxer. Those looking to back Haye, though, must accept they are betting on a man who is no longer at the peak of his career. They also have to have doubts about his condition. Is he vulnerable to another Achilles injury if this fight goes into the latter rounds once again?
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Bellew is a solid boxer who has a huge heart. He will be buoyed by his win over Haye earlier this year when many few boxing fans gave him a chance. The bookmakers have not given him much respect for that victory, and at +225 in the latest boxing odds for the fight, he looks good value to stun Haye once again. If you want to back Bellew to get the job done inside the distance, he is available at+400, while the Liverpudlian is +700 to get the decision from the judges’ scorecards.
What Next For Haye?
Defeat for Haye is likely to lead to the end of the British boxer’s career. Since his comeback he has chased the biggest names in the sport, including Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, however, he has been unable to gain a world title shot.
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The 37 year old won the WBA heavyweight title when he beat Nikolai Valuev in November 2009. He defended his crown twice before losing to the great Wladimir Klitschko on points in Germany. The British boxer has been exciting to watch in the heavyweight division. It would be no surprise to see Haye remain in the sport in another capacity. He has launched a promotional team, while may fancy a shot at becoming a coach once he hangs his own gloves up for good.
Bellew Can Target Big Fights In 2018
If Bellew does get past Haye for a second time, the 34 year old is likely to remain in the heavyweight division where there are some huge potential fights out there him in 2017 domestically and in the States. He will be desperate for a shot at Joshua’s belts, while he has been involved in numerous confrontations with WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
This fight is a huge for both men for different reasons and one which is fascinating as we will find out how much Haye’s injury impacted on the rest of their previous contest. Enjoy the fight and good luck with your bets.