Haye Refuses To Quit After Losing To Bellew

David Haye has said he will not retire after losing to Tony Bellew in their rematch at the O2 Arena on Saturday.The heavyweight had vowed to hang up his gloves if he lost to Bellew again, but insisted in the ring he would need to watch the fight back before making a decision. Haye has suffered consecutive defeats for the first time in his career, but hinted he plans to continue fighting.

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.’

 

Ashaolu Oluwafemi

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