Bellew Pulls Off Upset Over Haye
WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew and former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye collided in a hugely anticipated grudge bout, with Bellew entering as a big underdog.
That underdog, however, turned out to pull off a shocking upset, scoring an 11th-round TKO victory over Haye at the O2 Arena in London, England.
Despite the rivalry between the two, they didn’t come out swinging. Rather, Haye was more towards the center of the ring, while Bellew stayed closer to the ropes. As the smaller man, Bellew was cautious, waiting for his moment to unleash several counter punches.
Bellew’s skill and waiting paid off — in the sixth round, he unleashed a flurry of punches and dropped the bigger man. Haye was able to recover, but it was clear he hurt his ankle in the sixth round.
Haye continued to fight on, but Bellew had clearly begun to take full control of the bout. In the 11th round, Bellew got Haye against the ropes and pounded away until Haye’s corner threw in the towel.