Published: Sun, May 06, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

#BellewHaye2: Tony Bellew Knocks Out David Haye To Win Rematch

#BellewHaye2: Tony Bellew Knocks Out David Haye To Win Rematch

Bellew, 35, delivered three knockdowns on his way to a second heavyweight win in 14 months over his rival and fellow Briton at London's O2 Arena.

'David Haye is an unbelievable fighter, he just got in to a slug fest. speed and timing decreases with age, power doesn't. he goes down a better fighter than me.

"I enjoyed the battle".

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

Bouts with Britain's IBF, WBA and WBO world champion Anthony Joshua or WBC title holder Deontay Wilder have been ruled out, leaving a handful of other heavyweights to face or the prospect of moving down to cruiserweight.

"You lot will laugh but I will beat Andre Ward", said Bellew.

Despite improving on his worst performance and beginning convincingly - and to the extent Bellew was under constant threat - following an exchange in the third Haye proved no longer able to take a punch. I don't think he needs to fight on anymore, but he could definitely afford to if there are some impassable opportunities out there.

"Dave Coldwell, I gave him stick in the build-up, but he's a great coach, a great man, and it's all fun really". Who do you want to see me fight next? "I knew Haye would come to get rid of me but, in a boxing match, I knew I'd do him". "I need that mega star". I am a walking Super Series.

Bellew landed a short right hook to the temple early in that round and landed another cuffing blow later.

However, Haye again appeared to be loading up on right hands and his once imperious footwork showed signs of becoming labored even before his night unraveled spectacularly in the third.

By his own admission, Bellew was not mentally ready for a rematch in late 2017, which was postponed when Haye needed surgery on a biceps injury.

Haye was clearly hurt, and Bellew followed up with another sledgehammer of a right, this time to the top of the head.

While Haye contemplates his future, Bellew and former champion Carl Froch have called on the Hayemaker to call time on his illustrious career.

Haye survived the fourth round but was hit cleanly with a left hook in the fifth and his legs were gone, sending him to the floor once again. Left defenseless on the ropes and taking a ton of additional punishment, referee Howard John Foster stopped the fight.

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