Tony Bellew defeated David Haye in a stunning upset at London's O2 Arena after taking full advantage of an ankle injury that the ex-heavyweight world champion suffered in the sixth round, with Shane McGuigan pulling Haye out of the fight in the 11th round.
Bellew impressed in the opening round as he looked to pick Haye off with a number of counters, but Haye grew into the fight and started to dominate as he looked for the big knockout.
However, Haye appeared to slip midway through the sixth round, and he immediately glanced down at his right foot before limping back to his corner. Haye was in obvious discomfort, but wanted to continue the fight and valiantly fought on. Bellew grew in confidence though, and in the 11th round he landed a left hook that sent Haye crashing through the ropes and brought in the towel from McGuigan.
David Haye vs Tony Bellew - in pictures
David Haye vs Tony Bellew - in pictures
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Tony Bellew was first to the ring at the O2 Arena.
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David Haye made Bellew wait as he made his way to the ring slowly.
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Bellew impressed in the first round but Haye thought back to take the advantage.
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Haye was leading the fight when he suffered an injury tp his ankle.
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Haye limps back to his corner after suffering the injury.
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Trainer Shane McGuigan had to remove tape that he put around Haye's ankle.
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With Haye injured, Bellew was able to attack him at will without fear of being tagged.
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Haye was sent crashing out of the ring by a left hook to the head by Bellew.
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Bellew celebrates his victory over Haye.
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Bellew celebrates after the fight is stopped in round 11.
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Haye was pulled out of the fight by trainer Shane McGuigan.
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Haye looked disconsolate after the fight.
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Haye confirmed he intends to remain in the ring and will not retire.
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Bellew and Haye were both complimentary of each other afterwards despite the rivalry.
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Both Haye and Bellew said they were open to a rematch.
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When is it?
The fight will take place on Saturday 4 March at London’s O2 Arena.
What time will it start?
The first fights of the night start from 5.10pm, with Haye and Bellew expected to make their ring entrances around 10.30pm.
Where can I watch it?
The main event and the undercard will be shown live on Sky Sports Box Office.
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Who’s on the undercard?
Sam Eggington vs Paulie Malignaggi
WBC international welterweight title, 12 rounds
Ohara Davies vs Derry Matthews
WBC silver super lightweight title, 12 rounds
Lee Selby vs Andoni Gago
Super-featherweight, 10 rounds
Ted Cheeseman vs Jack Sellars
Super-welterweight, 10 rounds
Katie Taylor vs Monica Gentili
Lightweight, 6 rounds
David Allen vs David Howe
Heavyweight, 6 rounds
Craig Glover vs Jake Bonallie
Cruiserweight, 4 rounds
What are their records?
Wins, wins by knockout, losses, draws
Haye: W28 KO26 L2 D0
Bellew: W28 KO18 L2 D1
Who will win?
What are they saying?
David Haye: “On Saturday night you will see a real destruction job. Knocking him down for 10 seconds does nothing for me. I'm predicting a quick knock-out, a showreel knockout, a violent knock-out...
“He's got under my skin, he's chased me for a year-and-a-half, really made things personal. I'll make sure he never, ever, ever does that again.”
Tony Bellew: “It’s going to take a big shot to land right on the chin to drop me. People don’t drop me with shots on the temple. As any fighter does, we all go down. Very few get up.
“I’ve done it on multiple occasions. Once he sees that I can keep coming after he’s landed something of decent size, that’s when his will is going to fall apart.”
What are the odds?
Odds provided by 888.com
Haye by KO: 1/4
Haye by points: 13/2
Bellew by KO: 13/2
Bellew by decision: 16/1Reuse content