Tony Bellew beats David Haye with 11th Round win

  • Tony Bellew beats David Haye with 11th Round win

Tony Bellew beats David Haye with 11th Round win

Underdog Tony Bellew stopped former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye in the 11th round of their thrilling clash at London's O2 Arena on Saturday.

Fighting at heavyweight, the bookies have been slightly kinder to Liverpool fighter and World Boxing Organisation (WBO) cruiserweight champion Bellew, than many first predicted, with a healthy number of neutral observers believing the Everton fan can win.

And Hearn does not envisage Bellew returning to cruiserweight to defend his WBC world title, which he won last May. Certainly, a fully functioning Haye would still have to answer questions about his stamina down the stretch but, as Bellew's trainer David Coldwell, who once worked with Haye, conceded in a quiet moment: "We knew he would be risky all the way to the end, even on one leg". Parker's a fight I can win, so's the Wilder fight.

"Tony is a great fighter, that's what went wrong".

"He's beaten one of the best heavyweights in the world, so as far as I'm concerned he's earned his shot".

Bellew said he had put the injury out of his mind during the fight, adding: " I don't feel the pain, all I think about is winning". I looked at [Haye's trainer] Shane McGuigan and said "Stop it". Maybe even a rematch with Haye or, I think more likely, to challenge for the world heavyweight title. In real life, Bellew was the one handing out the punishing blows, as he served up a meme-worthy L to his opponent David Haye.

From the sixth round, Haye was left dragging his injured right foot behind him and was a sitting duck. All that mattered tonight is that I just secured my kids future.David, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Now he can come to mine.

Bellew is slightly embarrassed about his part alongside Sylvester Stallone in "Creed" and says that when he got the call to ask if he was interested in appearing in the film he thought it was a prank. But I fear going home to Rachael [his long-time partner whom he will marry in July] and not having what she wants.

"Just one big circus, it's a freakshow and I play my part and will do until the circus decides it doesn't want me anymore".

"This circus is going to follow me around and I've actually started to hate it; I hate the cameras, the attention".