Bellew eliminates David Haye in battle of the heavyweight brits at the O2
Thousands of fans packed into the O2 arena in London to witness the showdown between bitter rivals Tony Bellew and David Haye. The 20,000-strong crowd witnessed the rematch of the two fighters who last fought in March last year at the same venue. The fight was won convincingly by Bellow who knocked Haye down twice before finally finishing him off in the fifth round.
37-year-old, Haye looked sluggish against his younger opponent. However drew some comedic value out in the first round by winding up his first right-hand punch met with open arms by the local hero, Bellew. With the first two rounds being somewhat tentative, it wasn’t until the third that things got going.
Two clean knockdowns in quick succession had Haye on the back foot, and he never really looked in the fight from then on. He was, however, able to hand on for a further two rounds, finally going down in the fifth.
Bellew fought in the name of his late brother-in-law ‘Ashley’. A teary and respectful Bellow had this to say post-fight:
“I just want to say I lost my brother-in-law in August and I swear to God he was watching me and he was there with me tonight for every punch, Ashley that was for you,” Bellew said in the immediate aftermath. ”I miss him so much. I’m broke. All week I’ve been on my own in the hotel and each night I’ve cried, I’m a bit emotional all I can think about is him.
“David Haye is an amazing fighter, he just got caught in a slugfest. He’s a great fighter, he has got crazy power but speed and power always decreases. He is a legend, a credit to the sport and I’m just happy I’ve got the win against the odds.
“It’s been a great journey. Who’s next? I don’t know. I am a walking Super Series. Every fight I’m in is a Super Series. I need that mega star.”
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