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Tony Bellew Beats David Haye In Fifth Round Of Rematch
May 25 2018, 02:53 | Van Peters
David Haye takes on Tony Bellew on Saturday evening
Tony Bellew appeared to have all but ended David Haye's career with a fifth-round stoppage win over his rival British heavyweight in their grudge re-match in London on Saturday.
Anthony Joshua has said David Haye's defeat to Tony Bellew would not be the end of the former Cruiserweight champion's career as he still has a lot to offer.
Asked whether he would still be receptive to a call from Eddie Hearn, Bellew's promoter, Ward again dodged the issue and pointed out he had heard nothing more from the Matchroom chief since the idea of a second bout with Carl Froch was floated in 2013.
Johnny Nelson will not be surprised if Tony Bellew walks away from boxing after a brilliant repeat performance against David Haye.
Asked if he would retire, Haye said: I don't know. I'm a walking super-series.
Despite struggling until the knockdown, the 35-year-old said: "I was waiting for the ideal moment".
"Don't detract from his career - he's an fantastic fighter and will go down in history better than I ever will".
He said: "I just want to say I lost my brother-in-law in August and I swear to God he was watching me and he was there with me tonight for every punch, Ashley that was for you".
Haye told media in the ring he will watch a replay of the fight before making decisions, but did not speak to reporters later. He also changed trainers.
Bellew's finishing blows were not anything murderous but after three genuine knockdowns, Haye did himself no favors flailing around as his man's punches came near. Haye went down face-first and struggled to get up. Haye began to let his own hands go and was starting to connect with solid shots, which were troubling Bellew.
He barely managed to get back up but called Bellew over for more action. The bell saved Haye from further punishment that round and he tried to regroup in the fourth.
In a statement, Haye thanked the fans for making the night possible and one he will remember, despite losing. His nightmare was complete in the fifth round, when he was sent sprawling across the canvas by a left hook. Haye just about made it to his feet and wanted to carry on but the referee Howard Foster waved the fight off, having seen enough.