David Haye makes final prediction for Tony Bellew vs Oleksandr Usyk
David Haye has backed Tony Bellew to shock the world by knocking out Oleksandr Usyk.
Bellew takes on the unified cruiserweight world champion in what he has promised will be his final fight.
And Haye – who lost twice to Bellew by stoppage – believes his countryman can pull a surprise result out of the bag.
"I think that the fight could go one of two ways – if it is won by stoppage, it’ll be Bellew, if it goes to points, Usyk will be raising the belts at the end of the night," he wrote in his Betfair column .
"I can see Tony doing what he has done against many good fighters, seemingly from nowhere, find a peach of a left hook. This winning shot he can pull out of nowhere, even if he may be hurt or pushed to the ropes.
"Usyk might be going for the finish when suddenly Bellew pulls a big shot, wobbles him and stops him.
"I don’t think there’s anything that Tony Bellew can say, that can affect Usyk’s game plan or get under his skin. He comes from a very experienced team.
"Vasyl Lomachenko, arguably one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, his father trained Usyk. They understand the mindset and understand the psychology of boxing.
"My prediction for this fight is Bellew by KO, TKO or disqualification. If for whatever the reason the southpaw proves to be too awkward then Usyk by decision."
Haye bowed out of boxing following his second defeat by Bellew in May and doubts the Liverpudlian can afford to hear the final bell.
"Bellew will need to find a way to stop Usyk, particularly with his body assault," he added. "I don’t think the Ukranian is going to look at him and think, ‘This is going to be my toughest fight.’ For Bellew, that feeling is the opposite.
"He knows this is going to be his hardest fight and he has to rise to the occasion. Usyk has an air of invincibility about him.
"I imagine Usyk is anticipating an easy win, whereas Bellew is expecting the fight of his life. Tony has been here before. He’s going to be hitting on the break, hitting him low. He’s got to get rough, really impose himself and use that lion heart that he’s got.
"Without question, come Saturday night, Bellew must bring his best game, he doesn’t want to get caught at range and will need to make assaults count. He’s got to really rough this guy up on the inside, hitting him on the hip or whatever he can do to slow and frustrate Usyk.
"As soon as Usyk starts letting his hands go that’s the opportunity for Bellew to hit him with those big left hands, and if he lands, that’s where he can win."
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