Bellew vs Haye 2: Dillian Whyte wants Tony Bellew to inflict another humbling loss on David Haye
By Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 01/05/18 12:53pm
Dillian Whyte has surprisingly pledged his support to Tony Bellew as he wants his British rival to inflict another humbling defeat on "disrespectful" David Haye.
Haye attempts to avenge his stoppage loss to Bellew in Saturday's rematch, live on Sky Sports Box Office, and fellow heavyweight Whyte will be watching with interest in the sold-out crowd at The O2.
Angry words have been exchanged in the past between the Brixton man and Bellew, but he has emerged as an unlikely supporter of the Merseysider after being angered by recent comments from Haye.
He's shown how disrespectful he's been to every other fighter. He always writes me off as well. I would like to see him get tucked in.
"It's a massive heavyweight fight," Whyte told Sky Sports. "I want to be there to see it. Keep an eye on the winner, and the loser, because they are both potential fights for me.
"It's funny. Me and Tony, we've had back and forth, but we've spoken a couple of times. Tony is alright. David is a very ignorant guy. Very disrespectful.
"Right now, I would like to see Tony Bellew tuck him in, to be honest, again. I'm not just saying that because I'm a Matchroom fighter. I'm saying it based on David Haye's behaviour and his attitude.
"He's shown how disrespectful he's been to every other fighter. He always writes me off as well. I would like to see him get tucked in.
"David never says anything good about me and never tries to support anything I do. He always tries to belittle my performance, apart from the last performance.
"He said 'that is a thrilling knockout, one of the best knockouts I have ever seen', but then he went, 'to be honest Browne wasn't in the best of shape'. That's the shape Browne is always in, so what you are saying doesn't make any sense."
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But Whyte admits that Haye might carry even more threat into the second fight as the 37-year-old will be desperate to save his career and reputation.
"I think he's dangerous, because he's fighting a lot on pride this time," said Whyte. "David is one of those guys who has got a big ego and his pride has been hurt.
"Now for once, he's fighting for his career. He's never really had to fight for his career ever.
"He knows one loss, that's it for him, so I think he will be very dangerous and very determined. He knows what's at stake. Bragging rights, everything is at stake, so I believe he will go the extra mile.
"He'll come to fight. He will be in there swinging away until he cannot swing away anymore."