Bellew Honors Haye Following Retirement

After Tuesday’s announcement that David Haye had retired, his last opponent, Tony Bellew paid his respects.

Bellew would defeat Haye twice, the first time in the 11th round of a 2017 war, the second would be a fifth round stoppage just last month.

The build up to both clashes were contentious, especially when Haye would be injured late last year, postponing their fight from December to May.

Yet, all bitterness seems to have come out after their last fight, as Bellew would wish Haye well.

“I wish him well and would like to thank him for the opportunity in the first fight,” said Bellew of the former world champion.

“He has had a fabulous career and will go down as one of the all-time British greats.”

“Whenever I traded punches with him, and whenever I was in his presence, I felt the inner warrior,” Bellew would claim on Tuesday to Sky Sports.

“I saw a man who would take the battle as far as necessary to get victory; a man who, like myself, would rather die than give up or quit; a man I’d want on my side of the battlefield if going to war.”

Initial Report: Sky Sports

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