Tony Bellew’s Gamble

By Cain Bradley on September 29, 2017
Tony Bellew’s Gamble
Boxing can be a sport where the competitors get chances they do not necessarily deserve.

Bellew has presumably chosen to concentrate on the money he can earn for his family and try to maximize that. He is taking a gamble with the rematch…

Boxing can be a sport where the competitors get chances they do not necessarily deserve. Often this can be due to promoters or literally right time, right place. Tony Bellew created his chance mainly through trash talking. He called out David Haye after defeating BJ Flores defending his WBC Cruiserweight Title. That title offered Bellew the insurance to go up and challenge David Haye at heavyweight for the biggest payday of his life. Playing with house money is what many would call it. Bellew had the chance to earn the biggest payday of his life and if losing could return to Cruiserweight and defend his title. So when he won with house cards, the hope was that he could take his share of chips away and use the rest to maneuver himself into the biggest game, the World Heavyweight Championship. Instead he chose to put all the chips he has won back in the middle and take on the same house.

So why is Bellew choosing to take on David Haye again? The first win was tainted with Haye suffering an injury halfway through the bout. In some ways that has actually been largely ignored, with fans perception of Bellew arguably the highest it has ever been. Bellew did survive what many expected would be the toughest time for him, the early rounds when people thought Haye would stop Bellew. I will argue that rather than Bellew taking the best Haye, Haye looked an absolute shell. I had heard camp whispering that suggested his back was absolutely shot to pieces and in the bout he looked slow and predictable. So maybe Bellew saw the same and assumed that Haye can only have declined more since the fight. Bellew will want to take the big shots of Haye early but work a pace that the Londoner just cannot handle. Bellew will surely rationalize that with every passing day, he is more likely to be able to do that.

The reason I suggest Bellew is betting it all again is because he likely has to give up his backup option from the first fight. That was the Cruiserweight belt which he last defended in October 2016. He fights Haye in December, 14 months after his last defense and you expect that belt to be taken from him. Bellew is possibly in win or retire mode. If he loses the fight the only feasible option for him to return to the ring looks to me to be the Haye trilogy. The other options did seem to disappear for Bellew in the division though. Joshua is taking on Pulev whilst Wilder should fight on November 4th. He also may suffer from the embarrassment of heavyweight riches that Eddie Hearn has. It seems that he has earmarked Dillian Whyte to take on Deontay Wilder whilst Bellew will aim to win the title of Joseph Parker. Parker will take a home defense around Christmas and then presumably fight the winner of this bout in a big clash in the Spring of 2018. The timings meant that for Bellew, Haye was almost the only option.

Bellew has spoke of his desire to earn huge amounts of money for his family and if his gamble has worked then he will earn more in this fight than ever before and set himself up for the same to be true in the next fight. So while it may have been a risk in terms of his boxing legacy and perception, Bellew has presumably chosen to concentrate on the money he can earn for his family and try to maximize that. He is taking a gamble with the rematch, bookies have installed Haye as favorite, but with Bellew being the ‘A’ side this time he gets to maximize his earning and for the Scouser that is what it is all about.

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  1. fan 07:20pm, 09/29/2017

    Boxing is ridiculous. Here others ridiculous stuff that can happen.
    1. Ropes scratching and dropping boxer
    2. Corner towel snap
    3. Boxer short dropping
    4. Illegal Gloves
    5. Judge 1 : 12-0
    Judge 2 : 0 -12
    6. Referee Punching

     

  2. Kid Blast 05:05pm, 09/29/2017

    That’s what it should be all about!

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