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January 19, 2017

Bellew: I've got no pressure on me

Tony Bellew

Bellew is a much more relaxed fighter since winning the WBC cruiserweight title last year.

by Shaun Brown

Tony Bellew says there is no pressure on him ahead of his heavyweight tussle with David Haye on March 4 in London.

Bellew, 34, goes into the pay-per-view grudge match with everything to gain and very little to lose, which is quite the opposite for Haye.

And the Liverpudlian owes his relaxed mood down to his memorable WBC cruiserweight title win last May against Illunga Makabu at Goodison Park.

"Since winning the world title so much pressure is off my shoulders," Bellew (28-2-1, 18 KOs) told Talking Boxing.

"I'm not not just about fighting and winning. I've done it. I'm now having a good time. I'm enjoying it and that's a dangerous place for someone like David Haye to be."

Bellew, however, is fully aware of how many people expect him to fail against Haye given the size of the task on paper.

"The world expects me to fall on March 4. Every man and his dog expects me to fall. It's fantastic to feel that way."

The former light heavyweight world title challenger expects to knock Haye out or make him quit at the O2 Arena in London. A venue where Bellew won the European cruiserweight title at the end of 2015. 

As for the fight itself, Bellew says he would be happy to go into the trenches with Haye, but knows the level of risk he would be taking.

"I prefer it to be a dog fight so he quits but it worries me because I'll have to take a lot of punishment, and I don't really anticipate or enjoy doing that, but if I have to I will. The thing is, he can't or he won't. If this fight comes down to heart and guts he is going to spew it. He'll quit. I've never shown once in my career that I've got a quitting bone in my body."