Ex-Liverpool captain Jamie Carragher has thrown his support behind Everton fanatic Tony Bellew ahead of his showdown heavyweight clash with David Haye at the O2 Arena tonight.
The former Reds centre-back believes that the city of Liverpool will put footballing differences aside and maintain their support for the Toffee.
The 39-year-old regularly trains with Bellew at the Rotunda Gym, which is situated just over a mile from both Anfield and Goodison Park.
“Of course Tony is an Evertonian and that causes division but in the boxing world the Blues get behind Everton when he fights and I’m sure the Liverpool fans will too,” he said.
Bellew, who is the WBC cruiserweight champion, steps up to heavyweight for the first time in his professional career, weighing in at 15st 3lbs.
The former Liverpool legend believes that Bellew will use the underdog tag to his advantage to get the better of the Hayemaker.
“Tony will be well aware that Haye is the massive favourite but he will play on that and I think he’s got into his head,” he added.
Stephen Smith, who is one of four boxing brothers, predicts Bellew will be able to withstand the pressure from the new look Haye and go all the way.
“Haye’s made no secret about trying to do the job early and that’s when it’ll be most open for Tony to hit him on the counter,” he said.
Total professional fights – 30
Wins – 28 | Wins by knock-out – 26
Losses – 2
Total professional fights – 31
Wins – 28 | Wins by knock-out – 18
Losses – 2