David Haye thinks Tony Bellew is struggling with the pressure ahead of their heavyweight rematch on Saturday.
Bellew claimed the win in their first fight with an 11th-round stoppage after Haye had suffered an Achilles tendon rupture in the sixth round.
Haye is desperate to avenge that loss and tempers flared between the two during the pre-fight face off as Bellew shoved his rival during the stare-off.
The Hayemaker, a two-weight world champion, believes Bellew’s actions prove the Liverpudlian is struggling to cope with the pressure and he is confident he can claim the victory.
“I think the pressure’s got to him,” the 37-year-old said.
“I think he’s starting to crack. “He couldn’t get to me verbally so he tried to get to me physically.
Thankfully there were no chairs to hand or tripods like there were for [Dereck] Chisora!”
Former WBC cruiserweight champion Bellew sought to play down the spat however, as he said Haye “just got too close” and he felt he had to “remove him from the area”.
Haye has said he will retire if he doesn’t win convincingly at the 02 Arena in London on Saturday and he is 1.44 to come out on top, 1.80 to win by KO/TKO/DQ/TD or 6.00 to win in rounds 1-3.
Bellew is 2.80 to claim the victory or 6.50 to win on points.