Haye and Bellew have been exchanging verbal jabs for several months now, but this evening they will finally square off at London's O2 Arena.
Sky Sports Box Office is broadcasting the fight live on television in the United Kingdom, and the broadcaster is charging customers £16.95 to see the bout unfold. However, there is now a way in which you can watch Haye vs Bellew live online for free – and you could possibly make money watching it!
, the betting arm of BSkyB, is offering new customers the chance to watch the fight live online for free by simply signing up at the firm’s website and placing a first bet of £5 on the bout before 17:30 GMT today (Saturday, March 4th). Your bet must have odds of 1/2 or greater and once you have placed it you will receive an activation code for the big fight via SMS.
If your bet is a winner you will have made a profit watching this pay-per-view showdown, and even if it does not win you will have saved yourself £11.95 because Sky Sports Box Office is charging customers £16.95!
Fair play to Haye – he is finally taking on an opponent that will actually throw a punch! The former world heavyweight champion has been ridiculed for the quality of opposition he faced during his return to action last year, with his bouts against Mark de Mori and Arnold Gjergjaj lasting a combined 6 minutes and 46 seconds – and those fights could have been even shorter.
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“He has been conning the British public,” Bellew said last October.
“Let's be totally honest, those two guys you've just fought, they're now working on nightclub doors or putting the bins out. They were a joke. I'll put you and that pathetic haircut to sleep. I don't fear you.”
Thankfully Haye will be taking a step up in quality for his third outing since ending his retirement – but it is still a somewhat safe step up. The former world heavyweight champion answered the call-out from current cruiserweight champion Bellew late last year and it was confirmed that the two men will meet in a heavyweight bout at London’s o2 Arena, with the latter making his debut at the weight.
Bellew is in the best form of his career having finally won a world title at Goodison Park last year, before successfully defending it against BJ Flores last October. But the simple fact is he has not faced opposition of the calibre of Haye. Yes, ‘The Hayemaker’ has not been tested since ending his retirement in 2016, but the former heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion is a serious setp up from the likes of Flores and Ilunga Makabu.
Bellew is a big-hitter and that does give him a shot at springing an upset, but Haye has been in the ring with bigger men and heavier punchers and he has come through those fights. And of course, with a 97% knockout ratio the former world heavyweight champion has more than enough punching power himself to put Bellew to sleep.
Simply put, Haye is the better boxer and boasts more power than Bellew. Haye’s footwork and hand speed will make life difficult for Bellew and will create an opening for one of those trademark bombs that scramble an opponent’s senses. Once ‘The Hayemaker’ lands that heavy shot it will be all over with the referee waving off the contest. I cannot see this fight going beyond six rounds.