Haye re­veals change in prepa­ra­tions for Bellew re­match

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SPORTS -

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.”

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