Brilliant Bellew: Haye victory was for my tragic brother

Rex Christensen
May 7, 2018

David Haye is yet to make a decision about retirement, despite his second successive defeat to Tony Bellew in their heavyweight rematch.

The fourth round went well for Bellew, landing the right hand to hurt Haye a number of times in the round and nearly knocked him down again.

Tony Bellew knew the fight was his to lose in the third round.

Bellew looked overjoyed and close to tears as he surely ended a rivalry which had been a focal point in British boxing for more than 18 months.

Haye now has four defeats from 32 fights in a career during which he became only the second boxer after American Evander Holyfield to unify the cruiserweight titles and become a heavyweight world champion. Whereas Haye's body gave out on him - not for the first time it must be said - in the first contest in March 2017, it was Bellew's clubbing overhand rights over the top of Haye's jab, so often his weapon of choice, that put paid to him this time. "Straight after the fight, I just went to see his mum and dad and told them to tell him to do the right thing and finish". Left defenseless on the ropes and taking a ton of additional punishment, referee Howard John Foster stopped the fight.

"You have to let your fists do the talking, it didn't go my way even though I'm fully healthy".

It must have hurt Haye's parents to hear those words.

Hearn said that the two had verbally agreed to fighting each other but that Haye's recovery ensured that their planned rematch would go ahead as scheduled. I dedicate this fight to Ash.

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An emotional Bellew paid tribute to his late brother-in-law Ashley in his post-fight speech and had his name emblazoned on his shorts for the fight.

Now he can not give it up, with his love of the limelight greater more attractive than putting his feet up and enjoying his hard-earned millions. Although, I do think that Bellew is a fighter who will get better with age!

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Haye appeared to injure his right leg again, just as he did in the first stoppage loss, although he dismissed questions about his fitness.

"He has got insane power but I did say from the start, with his style, age is an important factor".

"Don't detract from his career - he's an unbelievable fighter and will go down in history better than I ever will".

"I know he was watching, smiling and laughing at me".

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