Tony Bellew has been unfairly underestimated in the build-up to his heavyweight debut bout against David Haye on Sunday. That’s according to 1988 Olympic bronze medallist and former world champion Richie Woodhall.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live this week, Woodhall hyped up Bellew’s chances of having a shot at an upset if he can weather an early storm against heavy favourite Haye:
“I can’t believe people aren’t giving him a bigger chance. I don’t think it’s a foregone conclusion. Everyone is saying a Haye early knockout but I think it will be a tough fight for him.”
Haye has fought sporadically in recent years while Bellew has been the far busier of the two, making his way through the cruiserweight circuit before setting up an all-British blockbuster.