Merseyside heavyweight Tony Bellew knows a thing or two about grudge matches. After all, he appeared in Sylvester Stallone’s movie Creed, during which he fights the son of the legendary fictitious boxer Apollo Creed. While he might not star in Creed 2, he has his own sequel to contend with when he meets David Haye on May 5.
Bellew’s first match against former WBA Heavyweight champion Haye in March 2017, also his first heavyweight class fight, was prefaced by a press conference scuffle during which Hayes threw a left hook to the surprise of many including Bellew.
There were those who presumed that London-born Haye would punish Bellew in the ring, but until the sixth round they remained deadlocked, until Haye suffered an Achilles injury. He struggled on, but eventually his trainer tossed in the towel in the dying seconds of the 11th round.
Even though he lost, Haye walked away with the lion’s share of the purse and wishes for a rematch, while Bellew considered retirement. However, after much negotiating and verbal spats on social media, the two fighters are stepping back into the ring. But for boxing betting fans, what are the best bets to consider in this rematch?
Despite 37-year-old Haye’s recent run of injuries that have delayed this bout, bookmaker William Hill has him firmly pegged as the favourite, with odds of him winning at 4/9. This could have something to do with Haye’s recent interviews where he proclaims to have a more mature, focused mindset than the last match, which was marred by bad behaviour and sharp tongues on both sides.
It could also have something to do with his new coach, Ismael Salas, after his split from Shane McGuigan. Bellew instead has tried to goad Haye into a reaction over the fight, asking why he didn’t go after Anthony Joshua or the American WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. However, it may take another injury to pull off a miracle win for Bellew, with odds sitting at 15/8.
Those who saw the 35-year-old match Haye blow-for-blow in the first match may be attracted to this bet. You can enhance these odds further by choosing how he would win. If Bellew wins by KO, TKO or DQ, you could get odds of 4/1. However, if you believe Haye will not only win, but win in Rounds 4 to Round 6, then the odds jump to 9/2.
For boxing aficionados, the fun begins in guessing which round the fight will end in, and which fighter will provide the KO to end it. William Hill has Haye as the favourite to win, but if you can predict which round he’ll put Bellew down, the odds go up drastically. If he manages a first round finish, a punt would be worth 14/1.
From Round 2 to Round 5 this drops to 12/1, while the bookmaker seems to believe he’ll end it in the 6th or 7th round, with the lowest odds of 11/1. After that they go up sharply, with Round 9 offering 20/1, Round 10 offering 25/1, and Round 11 currently 33/1. If you think he’ll hold out until the final round, the odds are an incredible 40/1.
Bellew’s lowest round odds are on par with Haye’s highest. If the man from Merseyside is to succeed again, the bookmaker believes it’s going to happen between Round 3 to Round 8, with odds of 33/1. A First Round finish seems unthinkable at 50/1, as does a late KO in Round 10 or Round 11 with the same odds.
However, there is one bet that Bellew might be good for, and that’s a win on points. If he manages to stay standing and wins by decision, the odds are 11/2 for fans. If you believe that both fighters can last the distance and reach the end of 12 rounds still standing, Unibet will give you odds of 5/2.
However, if there is a winner ruled before then, and the fight stops before the final bell, then the odds are 2/7. So if you think Haye will stay on his feet, or Bellew will make it a double victory, why not place a bet at one of the top online betting sites today.