Of course, Bellew has been active and knows what is at stake should he knock off Haye, and that alone has convinced many a fan that this is a "big" fight. "We saw what both boxers did in their last fights".
Bellew (28-2-1) is stepping up to the heavyweight division for the first time to take on Haye (28-2). I am a world champion'.
While there is no doubt that Bellew has improved in recent years, he is not a natural heavyweight and although he holds a belt in the cruiser-weight division, he is not considered almost as talented as the other champions in that weight-class and it is surely asking too much of him to step-up in weight and defeat a heavyweight with the punching power of Haye.
"I'm training to not punch his head but punch through his head".
"You'll see what happens to a guy who doesn't deserve to be in a ring with me".
Knocking him down for 10 seconds doesn't excite me. Does Bellew, a cruiser-weight at best, have the power to trouble Haye?
Brook had a very slim chance of winning that night but I rate Bellew's chances better even though Haye is a big odds-on favourite across the board.
Bellew, 34, might have looked calmer than his British compatriot during the press conference, stating that he would only go for a win and not make things personal as Haye claims.
In it, Haye also speaks of his past as a youngster growing up and competing in other sports such as rugby where he often thought about "breaking the spines" of other sportsmen.
Bellew is a puncher and Haye was floored by cruiserweights Carl Thompson, Lolenga Mock and Jean-Marc Mormeck in his earlier days. I don't think his crew realize his background. "I heard he was talking about the fans".
Since Haye's return, he's fought two putrid foes to preserve himself for said fight, presumably against Anthony Joshua should he beat Wladimir Klitschko, and he's mouthed himself into a third one against Tony Bellew.
So I am taking the 5/2 being widely offered about Haye winning between rounds four and six as he gradually gets on top.