Tony Bellew Defeats David Haye Via 5th-Round TKO in Rematch

Tony Bellew

David Haye will consider his boxing future after being stopped for a second time by Tony Bellew in London on Sunday (AEST). Haye, meanwhile, denied that he suffered a foot injury in the first knockdown. Haye outjabbed Bellew in the first two rounds but Bellew remained calm through the first few minutes of the fight.

Tony Bellew had been wanting to close the chapter on his near two-year long rivalry with David Haye.

"I left an seat empty for him and I know he was here watching me".

The victor of the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight final between Oleksandr Usyk and Murat Gassiev would be a tantalising prospect with all the belts on the line, but the fight would not offer a huge financial incentive. "I was hurt in that fight. I need a megastar".

"David Haye is an awesome fighter. Tony was a better man, I couldn't quite make it happen". "You have to let your fists do the talking, it didn't go my way even though I'm fully healthy".

And after the defeat, Bellew told reporters via the Metro that he told Haye to retire. He also changed trainers.

The third round saw Haye continuing to lead with the jab with Bellew starting to avoid more and more of them and targeting the body of Haye himself with his own lead left.

Haye came out early and landed a couple of right hands. Well-placed one-twos from Haye forced Bellew into the ropes toward the end of the round and Haye capitalized the period with an overhand right that hit his man square. An ugly post-fight fracas with Dereck Chisora following his loss to Klitschko which resulted in Haye smashing a bottle into his fellow Englishman's face still leaves an unpleasant taste in the mouth.

He barely managed to get back up but called Bellew over for more action. Luckily for Haye, the bell saved him as his senses looked scrambled.

But maybe he should take the fairytale finish that his rival Haye was never afforded. His nightmare was complete in the fifth round, when he was sent sprawling across the canvas by a left hook.

Haye nodded to acknowledge the shot and rose, only to be placed under intense attack, prompting referee Howard Foster to stop the fight and send Bellew racing to the corner of the ring in celebration.

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