Bellew vs Haye 2: David Haye still has special power ahead of Tony Bellew rematch, says new trainer
By Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 01/05/18 3:34pm
David Haye still has "special power" and his punches feel like an "earthquake" ahead of Tony Bellew rematch, says trainer Ismael Salas.
The two-weight world champion teamed up with Salas ahead of this Saturday's second fight with Bellew at The O2, live on Sky Sports Box Office, and the Cuban has been feeling the force of Haye on the pads.
A serious Achilles injury hampered Haye in his stoppage loss to Bellew, while a bicep problem pushed back their return bout, but Salas insists the fit again 37-year-old remains one of the most dangerous punchers in boxing.
David's power is something very special. When I take a punch from David Haye, I feel like an earthquake in all my body.
"David Haye is like a classic car. Classic Rolls-Royce," Salas told 'Behind The Ropes'.
"David's power is something very special. When I take a punch from David Haye, I feel like an earthquake in all my body.
"Many people think he's done. Still he has things to do in boxing."
Former trainer Shane McGuigan signalled the end of the first fight by throwing in the towel and they later parted company, although Haye insists the split was amicable.
"I always make sure that I work with people who I like," said Haye. "Working with a coach, you spend so much time with that person. You have to like being in their presence.
"Shane McGuigan, we worked together for probably just over a year.
"We sat down after the Bellew fight, sort of reviewed the fight. We both felt okay, we think it's gone as far as it can go. No hard feelings.
"He's got George Groves to the world [title] since that point. He's gone from strength to strength."
Watch Behind The Ropes: Bellew v Haye on Tuesday at 10.30pm on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action.