Haye reveals change in preparations for Bellew rematch
David Haye has revealed the drastic change in his preparations for tonight’s rematch with Tony Bellew is because his opponent won the mind games before their first fight last March.
Former WBA heavyweight champion Haye appeared angry throughout the build-up to that defeat, punching Bellew and shouting at him, his promoter Eddie Hearn and Bellew’s supporters before the pair met in the ring.
On fight night he also neglected the subtlety that had once brought him such success, recklessly trying to land his heaviest punches and Haye acknowledges he had “lost his way”.
“For the past fight it was difficult to motivate myself because I didn’t see him as a threat, so I used his annoying personality as fuel to wind me up, and embraced the fact he was annoying,” he said.
“I got into the ring and my performance was angry.
“Sometimes you lose your way a little bit.”