Close call: Haye vs Bellew could go either way, says Coldwell

David Haye and Tony Bellew’s showdown next year is a 50-50 fight that could be over in an instant, says the Liverpudlian’s trainer David Coldwell.

The British pair meet at the O2 on March 4 as they look to settle their long-running feud in what will be a potentially-explosive showdown.

The bout will be the biggest that Haye has had since returning to the ring earlier this year, as WBC cruiserweight champion Bellew steps up in weight.

That means Bellew will likely start the fight as the underdog, but Coldwell insists the contest could go either way.

Coldwell is backing his man to upset the odds

"We’re not stupid," he told Sky Sports. "We know a lot of people are going to say Bellew has got no chance, blah, blah, blah. But let me just say this, we’ve got two guys in there who can punch and punch for real.

"I’m telling you now that if Bellew hits him on the chin, then he’s taking him out, 100 per cent."

And Coldwell believes that Haye will also have age against him when the pair clash.

"The vast majority of people will look at this and say ‘David Haye knocks him out.’ People are going on the old David Haye. We’re not talking about the old David Haye, we’re talking about an older, more inactive David Haye. When was the last time that David Haye looked fantastic in a real fight?"

This comes after the pair verbally clashed on Sky Sports News when the fight was announced.

“Bellew is completely delusional if he thinks he can beat me," said Haye. "He still thinks he’s on the set of Creed and there will be some kind of Rocky style happy ending. But come March 4th, I will bring reality crashing down on him."

Bellew responded with: "He has got power but he is there to be hit. You are fighting me because you are broke. I am the biggest fight you’ve had since Wladimir Klitschko and you didn’t fight him, you danced around him.

"He has got power but he is there to be hit. You are fighting me because you are broke. I am the biggest fight you’ve had since Wladimir Klitschko and you didn’t fight him, you danced around him."