With AP Photos.Tony Bellew might have sent David Haye into retirement after stopping the former world heavyweight champion in the fifth round in a rematch in London. Haye was doing well in the contest, until he suffered a severe ruptured Achilles in the contest and became a one-legged fighter. Haye goaded Bellew to a grudge match and Bellew accepted, vacating his cruiserweight world title and moving up to fight in heavyweight for the first time in his professional career.
But as it turned out Bellew had Haye's number once again, and after the opening two rounds, where Haye just about out fought his opponent, Bellew stepped up a notch and dominated the 37 year old.
The Londoner said he needs to review the fight before making a decision but it will not make pretty viewing. "I need that mega star".
"When I saw him in the first fight it was very upsetting. Tony was a better man, I couldn't quite make it happen".
He said: "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". Haye connects with a couple of short left uppercuts that momentarily put Bellew to the ropes.
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Haye insisted that he was in better condition for this fight, and Bellew expected an early onslaught.
Bellew showed quick reactions and quick feet to elude Haye's punches in the third round. Haye could not land anything that really troubled Bellew in the first, and Bellew showed he was risky on the counter-attack in the second.
Rattling through his engaging schtick as if caught with his hand in the sweet jar, Bellew paused to express a measure of sympathy for Haye.
Bellew called it and he called right again.
Bellew delivered three knockdowns on his way to victory on Saturday. 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. Moments later, it was a smashing left hook to the jaw that sent "The Hayemaker" to the canvas.