It was a case of deju vu at the O2 arena in London on Saturday night, Tony Bellew (30-2-1, 20 KOs) proving lightening does strike twice as he stopped David Haye (28-4, 26 KOs) in the fifth.
Bellew dropped Haye twice in the third before going onto dominate the fourth, Haye looked to have reinjured his right leg in the round but wouldnt have long to suffer, Bellew landing a massive left hook to drop Haye face first to the canvas, Haye to his credit somehow beat the count but the fight was waved off shortly after.
“David Haye is an amazing fighter, he just got caught in a slugfest” said Bellew “He’s a great fighter, he has got crazy power but speed and power always decreases.
“He is a legend, a credit to the sport and I’m just happy I’ve got the win against the odds.”
Talk of Retirement should he lose was at the forefront of peoples minds but wasnt made any clearer by Haye, “Is this the end? I don’t know. It didn’t feel that good in there tonight and I will have to review the tapes to see exactly what went wrong.
“Tony boxed a great fight. He did some really clever stuff. He boxed really good. I didn’t, plain and simple. He had a great game plan and I had no answer. I enjoyed the battle as tough as it was. We are a similar stature and that’s why we put on a great fight.