Again, Bellew Stops Haye In Fifth Round

David Haye

GETTY David Haye takes on Tony Bellew on Saturday evening

Haye has called out Joshua, who says: 'He can get that work with me as well.

Still, while Haye is eager to get back to his winning ways, Bellew will be looking to prove that the first fight wasn't a fluke, and that he can take down a fully-fit Haye.

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. Cancel in time and you've basically got Haye vs Bellew for free. But Haye beat the count another time. Bellew, who like Haye is a former world cruiserweight champion now operating at heavyweight, is ranked No. 7 with the WBC, and there is no obvious next opponent for him.

Saturday's fight began with the two protagonists indulging in a cagey dance for the first six minutes. Whether that be from the powerful hooks thrown by "The Bomber" or partly due to an aggravation of his old injury it is not clear, however, I can only imagine it was a combination of the two. However it was an even affair, David did manage to land a right hand in the final 20 seconds of the round which could have swung it in David's favour. After another flurry of punches from Bellew the ref stepped in to stop the fight, a 30th career victory. Composed, confident, relaxed and precise, he was willing to wait for Haye to punch himself out or for his body to betray him. But Saturday's fight was evidence that Haye's body can not cope with the rigorous training and gruelling bouts any more.


"David Haye is an wonderful fighter, he just got caught in a slugfest".

Haye, 37, is expected to hang up his gloves for good but Bellew wants to fight either Ward or Tyson Fury next - if he can first convince his fiancee to let him continue fighting.

Round 5: Haye sticks to being in the center of the ring as Bellew moves around. Just as Haye looked to be regaining his fleet-footed swagger, Bellew led with a well-placed right and floored an unaware Haye with 18 seconds left.

With his timing off and desperation showing, Haye was swinging for the fences in the third. He stumbled back to his corner. In what was a keep-busy fight prior to the talked about rematch with Yvan Mendy in a title eliminator, Campbell stopped the fight in the fifth, with the referee calling a halt to the "contest". Bellew is your victor once more.

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