Bellew beats Haye again in British heavyweight grudge match

Bellew beats Haye again in British heavyweight grudge match

Bellew, a cruiserweight, had already knocked down Haye three times by the time the referee brought a stop to the fight, repeating his win over the same fighter in March 2017. Bellew weaved his way back in as the first round wore on, but a big overhand near the bell gave it to Haye.

Haye was eventually stopped on the ropes and Bellew's emotions took over as he dedicated the fight to his partner Rachael's brother, Ashley Roberts, who died previous year while on holiday in Mexico.

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Tennyson had to weather an early storm from Ward including a second round knockdown but found the moment he was looking for when he landed a handsome right-left combination to knock Ward down and then finished his opponent with an uppercut.

Haye, the Bermondsey boy who grew up a stone's throw away from London's 02 Arena, scene of his latest downfall at the hands of Tony Bellew, booed by his home crowd, sent into what his supporters and those concerned with any sportsman's well-being hope will be permanent retirement. Opposite him, a confident and self assured Tony Bellew found his range and stuck to a smart game-plan once again, effectively using his lead hand to measure and his feet to adjust his distance.

Bellew caught Haye with a big right hand two minutes into round five and down he went again. David Coldwell is a great coach, a great man and Tony Bellew, I take my hat off to him.

The first few rounds saw both men coming out a lot more measured, in comparison with the first fight, with Haye coming out looking to box a lot more; whilst looking considerably looser and more relaxed. David looked very unstable at times but was more than willing to fight on.

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"I just got off the set for Creed 2 and I'm on my way now to the set for The Contender".

"I don't like saying it but this has to be the end for him now". Left defenseless on the ropes and taking a ton of additional punishment, referee Howard John Foster stopped the fight. Aged now 37, Haye has nothing to prove as a fighter after a successful and glamorous career in the sport.

Asked if he would retire, Haye said: I don't know.

"I'd be happy if he turned around and said, "I'm retiring", but the only problem is he's getting better".

The retired former middleweight and light heavyweight champion did not dismiss making a one-off return but warned promoter Eddie Hearn that he may have already missed his chance to make it happen. In the closing seconds of the third round he dropped Haye twice and would proceed to take over from there.

The pair had been painted as enemies in the build-up - particularly before the first fight - but the respect flowed in the aftermath of Bellew's famous double. "You all judge me, just because I am a little fat Scouser". I want to beat them.