Bellew Keeps Belt Via KO, Confronts Haye

Tony Bellew made an impact today, knocking out B.J. Flores in the third round of their main event bout to keep the WBC cruiserweight championship.

Flores tried launching two right-hand shots in the opening 30 seconds, but calmed down and used the jab to his advantage. Bellew managed to get a body shot in during the opening round’s closing moments, but it wasn’t enough to steal the round.

Then the second round happened and it was at this point where the fight got crazy. Flores complained a body shot hit him low, but dropped his guard while doing so and got sent to the canvas with close punches. Not long after, a hook sent Flores down for the second time in the round. The two went at it for an all-out, wild-swinging punch-out for the final minute of the second round, sending many into wild amazement. But right before the round was about to end, Flores was knocked down for a third time in the round, coming from another short hook. With no three knockdown rule in effect, however, Flores managed to get up and get to his corner.

In the final minute of the third round, yet another short hook sent Flores to the canvas yet again, and this time for good.

"I was a little bit more nervous than I anticipated," Bellew said after the fight. "I know what it’s like to fight for a world title, and B.J. Flores is an old-school, respected fighter. He was trying to fulfill a childhood dream tonight—and I pumelled him. I could have been clinical and dragged it on. I anticipated him making a quick start and trying to bang me out. But I’m not called the Bomber for nothing."

Almost immediately after getting the victory, Bellew went through the ropes and confronted David Haye, who was working with Sky Sports for the fight.

"He’s been conning the British public ever since this pathetic comeback of his," Bellew said. "Those two fights he fought are working in town right now. They’re either working on nightclub doors or putting the bins away. They were a joke. You predicted B.J. was going to beat me and he got smashed. You’re going to get smashed, too. I don’t care how dangerous you think you are."

While a potential bout between the two might be in fight fans’ minds now, Haye said he would not drop back down to cruiserweight, and Bellew now has a mandatory title defense in the near future against Mairis Briedis.

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