"I had never taken five or six years out of competitive boxing so I didn't know it could go backwards so far and so fast", Haye said. I can do things I couldn't do for many years.
He told Sky Sports: 'Weight is just a number.
"I am frightful when I put my boxing gloves on - he doesn't have any idea of what is coming his way".
Buckley was drafted in by Haye after Bellew branded his manager Adam Moralee "Will from the Inbetweeners" in the build-up.
"I think we are going to get a very good David Haye, which could spell problems for Tony Bellew if he thinks it is going to be easy".
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But shrewdly, the KXIP captain bowled five overs of spin against members of the RR top order, all of whom enjoy pace on the ball. Player of the Match Suryakumar Yadav made 57 runs and gave MI the ideal start in such a situation.
The Hayemaker said: "The pressure has got to Bellew, he has started to crack, just like he will on the night".
"On all three scorecards I lost the first round and quite rightly but I won rounds two, three, four and five and I was getting into my flow".
"He pushed me to get a reaction. I managed to swing a little left slap with a closed fist and caught him".
"From round seven let's see what's left in front of me because I am ready to put my foot on the gas".
"I will give you the performance you expected last time around".
In 2017, he capitalised when Haye damaged his Achilles midway through their fight to score an 11th-round stoppage and agreed to a rematch, even though it was not initially written into the fight contract.