Published: Mon, May 07, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

The rematch did not happen. Bellew knocked out hay

The rematch did not happen. Bellew knocked out hay

The 37-year-old had suggested he would call time on his career if he did not win the second fight emphatically, and was floored three times before being stopped again by Bellew in the fifth round at The O2. Many doubted he could pull off another victory, having beaten Haye in the pair's last encounter when the London-born fight had a damaged his Achilles.

Bellew also revealed that he and his coach anticipated Haye to try to trade left hooks with him from their viewing of the pre-fight training footage in the build-up to the fight.

Bellew flashed a fantastic left hook that connected well, and he pounced in quickly after the restart before referee Howard Foster made a decision to end the bout and seal Bellew's second heavyweight triumph. He is a pound-for-pound great but I can match him on the inside, and he has never fought anyone who could do that.

Asked if he would retire, Haye said: I don't know. I am a walking Super Series. However, my immediate thoughts after seeing this fight live, lead me to believe that he probably still would have lost even if he was fully fit and injury free... "I need a megastar". Who do you want to see me fight next?

Bellew was starting to get comfortable in the third round and then landed a vicious punch that knocked down Haye with just seconds remaining in the third round.

Haye started the fight prudent, but in the third round, got into a cabin and twice was knocked down. Well-placed one-twos from Haye forced Bellew into the ropes toward the end of the round and Haye capitalized the period with an overhand right that hit his man square. Haye went down face-first and struggled to get up.

Since losing to Bellew previous year, Haye has had operations to mend his Achilles and biceps. The Englishman's good looks, trash talking, god-like physique and devastating punching power - a promoter's dream - became too big for the cruiserweight division, one where Haye suffered just one defeat in 22 contests and held the European, WBA, WBC and WBO belts. Bellew took advantage of his hurt opponent and cracked Haye again to the tune of the bell signaling the end of round which coincided with the start of referee Howard John Foster's count.

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