He said: ‘I’ll have to review the tapes, I was bettered tonight. I’m not injured, I’m fully healthy.’ Bellew put Haye down three times on the way to a stunning victory that firmly ends any debate about the validity of his first win over Haye 14 months ago. Haye was supremely confident from the first bell, but Bellew began to pick him off with slick and quick counters.
The Londoner was down twice in the third round and again in the fifth before the referee stepped in to stop the fight. ‘Bellew fought a very good fight and I didn’t, simply,’ he admitted. ‘Tony was a better man, I couldn’t quite make it happen, everything happens for a reason. ‘He’s a great champion and I enjoy the battle. Bellew’s my nemesis, we are of similar stature, that’s why we gel and make such a fun fight.’