Dave Coldwell is eager to point out that getting his ambitious charge, Tony Bellew, to world title status was the hardest challenge he has faced in his lengthy stint as trainer. The Liverpool man’s chilling knockout of Junior Makabu at Goodison Park back in May elevated Bellew to the peaks he’s always dreamed of and now Coldwell is preparing him for another monumental leap as a showdown with former heavyweight champion, David Haye, impatiently awaits in the first quarter of 2017. Bellew, a massive underdog within the boxing community and at the bookmakers, is relishing this unlikely meeting with Haye and Coldwell insists that his man has an excellent chance at causing the upset.
“We’re there to shock everyone once again,” buzzed Coldwell. “Ever since I’ve started training Tony I’ve had lots of people telling me what we are and what we’re not capable of and that suits us fine because the pair of us know exactly what can happen if we get things right in the gym. The build up to the Makabu fight was insane and no one gave Tony a chance in that and there was laughs when I told the world that he’d become champion but look what happened. Tony is a brilliant fighter on his day. A world class talent and believe me when I say that there’s more to come from him and you’ll see that against David Haye.”
Coldwell added, “This is the ultimate test for Tony and I’ll admit that but his form, power, and confidence make him a hard man to beat. This isn’t the David Haye who I used to work with a long, long time ago. He’s much older, a lot slower and his recent run of opponents doesn’t really standout. He’s a heavyweight with power who’s still capable of turning it on and he’s got a good team behind him but I’m adamant he’s well past his best and that Tony will exploit that and cause a massive shock.”