Twitter Reacts As Tony Bellew Stops David Haye In Round Five

Hope Soto
May 7, 2018

David Haye has praised Tony Bellew after losing by technical knock-out in the fifth round to the Liverpudlian on Saturday night. Injuries and a stop-start career have taken their toll on the 37-year-old, and Bellew exposed those truths for the second successive fight.

They say fighters are always the last to know when it's time to leave the party. But speed decreases with age.

But he stopped short of addressing speculation on his future, making no mention of retirement despite his pre-fight promises. Haye was fighting on instinct and was willing to fight fire with fire whilst trying to stay out of range and counter the work of Bellew.

Any ill-feeling towards Bellew was set aside by Haye as he gave credit to his conqueror.

Bellew said he would meet former world champion Fury at heavyweight but only if the fight happened soon, while any meeting with Ward would likely be at cruiserweight. It didn't feel that great in there tonight.

Moments later Bellew was seen coming down the ring to meet Joshua, and AJ congratulated him for the emphatic win.

Tony Bellew was out to prove his first win against David Haye was not a fluke and proved so in the grandest of ways.

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"Tony was a better man". He's a great fighter, he has got insane power but speed and power always decreases. We are a similar stature and that's why we put on a great fight. "That's why we gel and make such a fun fight".

"I would beat Andre Ward".

"It's been a great journey". Who do you want to see me fight next?

The victor of the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight final between Oleksandr Usyk and Murat Gassiev would be a tantalising prospect with all the belts on the line, but the fight would not offer a huge financial incentive. I don't need a man who is about nine foot trying to punch my face in when he's back to his best.

Since losing to Bellew past year, Haye has had operations to mend his Achilles and biceps. The first came from a huge counter right hand.

The third round saw Haye continuing to lead with the jab with Bellew starting to avoid more and more of them and targeting the body of Haye himself with his own lead left. Then, Bellew scored two monstrous knockdowns.

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

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