Tony Bellew can’t believe Joe Fournier is willing to fight David Haye and warned him he could be in for a painful night.
Haye retired in 2018, following consecutive defeats to Bellew amid various injury issues, but is returning to the ring on the same card that sees Evander Holyfield fight again.
The one-off bout for the 40-year-old takes place on September 11 in Los Angeles.
Bellew reacted to the match up in an interview with iFL TV last month. “Jesus Christ, it’s madness, it’s madness.
“But listen if David hits you, mate – the last thing you lose is your power, so be very careful what you wish for.
“That guy’s uppercut hurts.”
Despite the fact it’s a fight between two friends, Bellew does not expect Haye to take it easy on Fournier.
The ‘Bomber’ continued: “He’s gonna punch him in the face with everything he’s got and that’s not gonna be nice.
“Trust me, he hits very hard, I speak from experience.
“He’s a proper specimen of a man, so good luck to him, I wish him luck, stay safe, my mate.”
Bellew’s old promoter, Eddie Hearn gave his reaction to Boxing Social: “You can’t help but say to Joe Fournier and David Haye, ‘How did you manage to get someone to pay for that?’
“They’re two like best mates basically, but it is what it is. It’s a freak show, isn’t it?
“David loves a pound note, he’s got an opportunity to get money off someone.
“It’s like a coup. They must be on the phone to each other now going, ‘Can you f***ing believe this.’
“Good luck to them. It’s madness, but I’m sure some people will tune in and see what happens?”