Bellew Takes Down Haye In Rematch
Tony Bellew had been wanting to close the chapter on his near two-year long rivalry with David Haye. Safe to say, Bellew got his wish with a dominant performance over Haye in their long-awaited rematch.
Fourteen months after Bellew first defeated Haye in a grudge match, the former cruiserweight had an encore at the O2 Arena, the same venue where Bellew got the first win in their rivalry.
Things started off relatively well for Haye, who was coming off an achilles injury suffered in the first fight between the two. Haye outjabbed Bellew in the first two rounds but Bellew remained calm through the first few minutes of the fight. The third round seemed to be anyone’s round until Bellew scored a crucial knockdown with about 15 seconds remaining in the round. Haye got back up and tried to throw wild punches at Bellew which left him wide open for another knockdown as time expired in the third round, giving Haye a second knockdown.
Bellew almost knocked down Haye in the fourth round, but managed to do so in the fifth round. Haye got right back up, but didn’t look like he fully recovered. Bellew then trapped Haye into a corner where he unleashed a flurry of punches which forced the referee to step in and put a halt to the contest, awarding Bellew the victory and putting an end to the rivalry.
Now that Haye has lost, there’s no telling whether this is it for the 37-year-old former world heavyweight champion. In a post-fight interview, Haye has not decided whether or not he will retire from the sport, saying that he will “review the tape.”
Tony Bellew vs. David Haye
Round 1: Both fighters throw the jab a lot, trying to find their range in the early going. Haye is the more active fighter in the first round. Bellew throws a couple of combinations but they don’t fully land. Haye lands a strong right hand at the end of the round.
Round 2: Bellew opens the round by landing a solid body shot and then a straight right hand. Haye connects with a couple of short left uppercuts that momentarily put Bellew to the ropes. Haye throws another combination and both men then taunt each other at the same time.
Round 3: Each man gets a chance to land their respective jabs in the first minute of the round. Haye pressures Bellew with a flurry of punches, but Bellew remains calm. Both fighters now try to attack the body.
Bellew misses with the right body hook. Bellew and Haye continue to throw the jab. The two start brawling and Bellew knocks down Haye twice in the last 15 seconds of the round.
Round 4: Bellew takes the momentum gained from the two knockdowns and starts landing power punch after power punch on a recovering Haye. Bellew is now the one moving forward as Haye is trying to find an opening to turn the fight around. Bellew continues to land the right hand.
Round 5: Haye sticks to being in the center of the ring as Bellew moves around. Bellew lands another flurry of punches that sees his right hand finding the mark on Haye’s jaw. Bellew takes down Haye for the third time!! Haye gets back up, but Bellew corners and throws everything but the kitchen sink. The referee has to step in and stop the fight. Bellew is your winner once more.