Tony Bellew could run from David Haye in the early rounds of grudge fight, says Shane McGuigan
By Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 15/02/17 5:44pm
Trainer Shane McGuigan believes Tony Bellew could try to "run" from his fighter David Haye in the early rounds of their heavyweight battle.
The bitter rivals have vowed to stand and trade when they share the ring at The O2 on March 4, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
But McGuigan has suggested that Bellew will adopt evasive tactics to test the fitness of the 36-year-old Haye.
"It's going to be a great fight with Tony Bellew," McGuigan told Sky Sports News HD.
I think he's going to probably run and move away for a few rounds, try and tire David out.
Shane McGuigan on Tony Bellew
"Depending how Tony Bellew approaches it as well. I think he's going to probably run and move away for a few rounds, try and tire David out.
"But you're in there with a guy like David, he's a cool cat, doesn't rush into any punches or punishment.
"He's a guy who has been in these situations many a time and I really think he's going to do a number on Tony Bellew."
McGuigan has been preparing Carl Frampton for this weekend's rematch with Leo Santa Cruz in Las Vegas, live on Sky Sports, and will have less time than normal in Haye's training camp.
Haye is flying out to Las Vegas to link up with McGuigan, who is confident the former two-weight world champion has been working well towards his fight with Bellew.
"He sparred the other day for the first time," said McGuigan. "First time I've missed one of his sparring sessions.
"David knows what he has to do for this fight and we're going to link up. He's coming here today. We're going to do some sessions over the next few days and then we go to Miami on the Monday."
Watch Carl Frampton's rematch against Leo Santa Cruz and Lee Selby's IBF title defence against Jonathan Victor Barros in Las Vegas, live on Sky Sports 1, from 1am on Sunday January 29.