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Tony Bellew upsets David Haye, scores 11th-round TKO

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04
Mar

Tony Bellew scored one of the biggest upsets in British boxing history by stopping 10-to-1 odds favorite David Haye in 10 dramatic rounds on Saturday in London. The odds of Bellew winning the fight by knockout were 80-1.

Bellew (29-2-1, 19 knockouts), the reigning WBC cruiserweight titleholder, was given little-to-no chance of beating fellow UK star Haye, a much bigger and more-athletic former world cruiserweight champ and WBA heavyweight beltholder. However, the 34-year-old Liverpool native, who most fans thought would be stopped in the first few rounds, boxed a smart counter-punching strategy early on and lasted into the middle rounds. In a bizarre Round 6, he was dropped (though it was not clear if was counted as an official knockdown) during an exchange that apparently resulted in Haye injuring his right leg, maybe his ankle or his knee, and Bellew took advantage of it, pouncing on the 36-year-old Londoner.

From that point in the fight, Bellew took over, working a hobbled Haye along the ropes. However, Haye hung tough, avoided a lot of head shots while leaning back on the top rope and occasionally landed counter punches. But he continued to hurt his leg every time he loaded up with big shots and in Round 11 a series of left hooks sent Haye halfway out of the ring. He got up and was prepared to continue but his corner wisely tossed in the towel, resulting in a technical stoppage at 2:16 of the round.

Haye (28-3, 26 KOs), to his credit, would not mention the injury during the post-fight interviews, giving all the credit to the big underdog.

“This guy has got the heart of the lion,” he said. “I’ve knocked out guys a lot bigger. I gave it my best but he had the bigger heart and the bigger balls tonight. I’ve never been in a fight like that before.

“If the fans would like to see it again, I’d love to do it again. He’s the man, he beat me fair and square, so he can choose when and where to fight again. I’m at his mercy. There’s no rematch clause in this fight.”

Bellew wasn’t in the mood to discuss rematches. He relished the moment and gave props to Haye, who had engaged in some nasty pre-fight words.

“He’s was everything I expected,” Bellew said of Haye, “the biggest puncher in the heavyweight division. But you can have all the talent in the world, I will not stop. I am the champion of the misfits!”

 

A full fight report from Elliot Worsell will be posted shortly.

 

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  • The Black Mamba

    That was some mad stuff right there. I can’t believe how Haye kept fighting with virtually no chance of winning. That said, it might be the end of his career, if it’s a knee injury.

    • Giuseppe

      Must be ankle or achilles as that’s what they attempted to tape up. Haye really is diminished. Not just because of the injury. He looked awful before it… unless of course he was fighting that way because he knew he had a niggle that could rupture. If he does come back… coming back with something to prove and resurrect himself is probably what he needs. The b list cleb lifestyle has softened him up a bit.

      • The Black Mamba

        I agree, he is probably done. No worthy competition for the likes of Wilder, Klitschko and Joshua anymore. If he decides to call it a career, this was an awesome way of ending it, showing heart and courage where it’s not expected.

        • Sergio

          You forgot to mention Fury: he is sure to come back.

    • Commenter

      probably just his little toe, lol

  • Giuseppe

    I was wrong. 100% wrong. Not really about Bellew… I don’t think. He is limited. Ballsy. But just a decent fighter. I was really wrong about David Haye. Even before the injury tonight he had zero ideas… zero guile… and no real strategy aside from that body jab and weird watch the birdy arm waving. Haye looked better when he was partially disabled!

    • left hook

      Perhaps it was due to the injury.

  • IanF69

    I’ve seen better fights between Barmaids over tips…..ridiculous.

    • DBone

      Well to be fair, you’re from Ireland. I bet the barmaids are tough as fuck there. They could probably give half the CW division a go. I watched the fight half cut but I thought it was fun for what it was.

      • IanF69

        He He, true, never thought about that…..they are hardy girls….but I too was a little pissed but thought the fight was awful….where was the Haymaker or the Combo’s your taught in the gym? It was like 2 drunks in the carpark and one drunk had lost his crutch….and the” hey I love you ” at the end had me wrenchin so bad I nearly brought a can back up.

        • DBone

          Lol

  • dampdiver

    Massive props to Haye, he could have quite rightly quit on his stool, how he managed to go for a further 5 rounds with a busted Achilles was bravery verging on stupidity. And for all the ‘It’s not a PPV’ fight That was well worth £16!

  • ceylon mooney

    glad haye lost.

    now fight briggs.

    thought bellew would win. almost
    bet. wish ida bet on this fight.

  • Paul

    Massive amount of heart shown by Haye, no idea how he did almost half a fight with his leg like that. Think Mcguigan was terrible, trainers are there to look after their fighters. That was clearly a serious injury and letting him stay in for pride could end his career. Sometimes you gotta protect fighters from themselves.

    • stetee83

      McGuigan is an average coach at best. All fine when things are going well but he showed in this fight and the last Frampton fight that he has no Plan B or C

  • liam cherrett

    Personally if I was Tony Bellew I would be embarrassed,he was unable to ko a practically handicapped Haye

    • The Black Mamba

      It was an asskicking contest against someone with one leg (found it on Bad Left Hook LOL)

    • philoe bedoe

      But Bellew was supposed to have been knocked out before the injury happened……..

      • DBone

        Excellent point

      • Colin Mc Flurry.

        That would be a little Tricky – if the injury happened before the fight?

      • liam cherrett

        And Mike Tyson was supposed to eat Lewis’s kids??? Your point is……….

    • BillyC

      Bellew is not a heavyweight, he obviously doesn’t carry all of his power up with him. Haye also has a great chin. Bellew won by 11th round TKO after knocking Haye out of the ring, so he was able to.

  • philoe bedoe

    Respect to both fighters.
    But most respect to Bellew for proving most people wrong………

    • Ten Count Toronto

      The only person who proved a point was haye, and that point being that inactivity doesn;t prevent you getting older.

      • philoe bedoe

        And that was the reason why I didn’t make Haye as big a favourite as most.
        The first decent opponent in five years and everyone thought he only had to turn up to win……….

        • Ten Count Toronto

          it turns out you were right. Perhaps most of us were to influenced by returns from Foreman & Vitali Klitschko. But I guess Haye’s success was much more dependent on pure athletic ability. I thought he won the first 5 rounds but his inability to put any punches together when he had Bellew on the ropes was pretty sad.

          • left hook

            You are Right but I have this feeling he was injured before the fight. Anyways my prediction was wrong.

          • Ten Count Toronto

            We’ll see if the injury is legitimately bad, If Haye goes on to have surgery on the knee, ankle or achiles, then this should be seen as a very brave performance regardless of the opponent. If not, it must be seen as either a shameful quit job or maybe even fixed fight.

            However, while I though Haye was winning easily, he wasn’t looking good at all, reaching with one wild punch at a time and looking older than his age and uncomfortable with his bulk. He was a long way from contending form.

          • philoe bedoe

            That’s just the point, his inactivity and age caught up with him.
            The reason his body as been breaking down.
            Hayes a fast heavyweight but is he has fast as light heavyweights or cruiser weights, that Bellew is used to facing over the last five since Haye as been semi retired………

        • IanF69

          Philoe you called it right….credit where its due… Haye is shit and thank fuck I never paid for that drivel….good call m8.

          • philoe bedoe

            Thanks, but it’s not very often I get it right lol.
            I never paid for it myself……….

          • philoe bedoe

            I was a very big Haye fan right back to his amateur days, but even when he was in his prime I always had my heart in my mouth expecting him to gas out at any time.
            Always seemed to have stamina problems…….

          • IanF69

            Yea he has always been too depended on finishing a fight early and those muscles need oxygen that his Cardi just don’t seem to support…..Did he have the injury before the fight? I’m sure there were rumors it happened in training but Hearn said he would never fight in Britain again if he called the fight off

          • philoe bedoe

            There were rumours about an injury, but if he doesn’t fight he doesn’t get paid.
            Like you say he’s to muscle bound……….

          • Colin Mc Flurry.

            One of the most talented British boxers of the last 30 years, and Unquestionably the best British cruiserweight ever.
            Is shit?
            Ridiculous comment.

          • IanF69

            Ridiculous is blaming a sore little toe for being the reason you couldn’t fight Klitch properly…..Ridiculous is also the previous opponents before Bellow that Haye lined up for himself….and I stand by anything I post…Haye is shit and if Bellew(who is limited in his abilities) can beat him then it goes to show where Haye is at in his career…..He’s skint and needs money….almost begging for a rematch when he doesn’t deserve it. Joshua would stop him and so would Wilder and I’d bet even Dillon Whyte would end his comeback. Your entitled to your opinion M8 but my opinion is Haye is Shit. Cheers

          • Colin Mc Flurry.

            14 Warren Boxing Organisation title fights – mostly against Tomato cans.
            Shit himself in his first two world title fights.
            Sure he was..

          • IanF69

            Didn’t Haye shit himself twice about facing Fury?

            Yip

          • Colin Mc Flurry.

            Fury is the epitome of shit.
            Complete fucking joke.

          • IanF69

            A Joke Haye avoided none the less.

            We both will have our opinion’s here…..cool.

          • Ten Count Toronto

            Don’t forget twice backing out of Vitali fights after talking a whole bunch of smack. I think even past-prime VItali would have worked him over worse than Wlad.

            However he did do OK against Valuev although I had it a Draw and thought the 45-year old Holyfield at least matched his performance against the same guy. And for what it;s worth he did beat Ruiz more emphatically than Holyfield, Valuev Chagaev or Jones.

            His Cruiserweight competition was poorer than any other beltholder in recent memory, although I would allow for the possibility he might have been better than his matchmaking allowed him to prove.

          • Tramadol Jack

            Haye WAS great.
            Now he IS shit.
            Sad but true.

      • philoe bedoe

        And that was the reason why I didn’t make Haye as big a favourite as most.
        The first decent opponent in five years and everyone thought he only had to turn up to win……….

    • Steven Know It All

      Take into consideration Haye had one leg for six rounds , and I believe he went in injured . I attended the show last night and the atmosphere was brill . Definitely one of the best shows I have been to over the years !

      • RodPolisher

        Bellew broke his right hand in the second or third round. Haye ruptured his Achilles and also damaged ligaments around his knee in the sixth. Both fighters were damaged although Haye was worse for sure.

  • LouisFigo

    Bellew was not supposed to win and he didn’t want to win. Look at the rounds 7&8! He did whatever he could to allow Haye to come back after the knockdown in the 6th and it would have been a draw should the injury wouldn’t have worsen. His reaction at the end when Haye’s trainer threw the towel speaks itself!

  • RayK

    My streams were all over the place for a short while.Nice to see people on social media who wouldn’t usually follow enjoyed the fight.
    Anyone know the name of the tune playing during Sky’s pre-entrance montage of Haye?

  • Mariano Alonso

    Doug Fisher teaching again.

  • Chris

    Does Bellew have a better heavy weight record than Deontay Wilder now ?
    😉

    • Ángel Díaz Miranda

      Chris, you are throwing a lot of shade, but yes, in a Highlander “there can be only one” kind of way.

    • Teddy Reynoso

      In a sense, yes.

      • Sergio

        Now Bellew has a 100% knockout record. So he is better than the Bomber. 🙂

  • Stevie Mac

    If every member of a soccer team was unable to put weight on one leg, move fast or balance, and as a result they got beat, no one would really consider it a meaningful or valid victory. Why is this different?

    • DBone

      Because soccer sucks?

    • Ewan Leaper

      Two main reasons:

      1. Because there are boxer’s who’ve overcome worse to win
      2. Because Haye’s an arsehole and it was really funny

      • Teddy Reynoso

        Overcome worse than fighting with just one good leg? Tell us more about it, dude.

        • IRISHBOXING NUT STEVIE

          If i remember correctly Danny Williams fought and kod somebody with a dislocated shoulder

          • Tramadol Jack

            Was just going to mention that.

        • Ten Count Toronto

          JJ Leija was able to go the distance against Gabe Ruelas and even score a knockdown fighting with an ankle sprain from the 4th round bad enough for the bulge to visible though his boxing shoes. That’s the only example I can think of someone doing better with a comparable injury.

          However if it was a torn Achiles I think that would be way more painful during the fight (the Ankle injury is at it’s worse on day 2, as the entire foot inflates from fluid ).

        • Ewan Leaper

          Sure I’ve heard of him Teddy, will need to check that out. There have been some unbelievable examples of that kind of bravery in the ring- Arthur Abraham beat a guy his own size with his jaw smashed to bits, not just your standard broken jaw, the pain involved in that should have made him pass out.

    • Ten Count Toronto

      In one sense you’re right it doesn’t mean a whole lot (actually no outcome in this fight meant anything other than an exchange of funds) however there is some karma in Bellew getting lucky, although he had little interest in engaging while Haye was on 2 legs at least he had the guts to take the fight and put himself in the position to get lucky – he couldn’t have known this was going to happen. Just Miguel Cotto deserves some credit for having the guts to roll the dice and offer Martinez a big fight with no guarantee Martinez would be as useless as he was – Mayweather or Pacquiao could have had that fight for just a tiny bit more but were still too weary of the rapidly fading but much bigger 37 year old.

  • Mike M.

    We just found Wilders next opponent 😛

    Meh I’d give Bellew his due props if Haye hadn’t gotten injured. Don’t wanna sound like a hater but I don’t think these sort of victories mean anything or deserve honorable mentions. Realistically Bellew doesn’t pose a threat to anyone else, the rematch is inevitable.

    • Ten Count Toronto

      I must admit it crossed my mind that the whole thing was staged to produce another fight, especially listening to the post fight promotion attempt.

      • Mike M.

        I can see that. They both admittedly showed up for the pay day and it is Hayes M.O. Regardless of who won this fight, it wasn’t going to lead to anything bigger in the near future. Maybe for Haye, but at his age and body breaking down there’s no way Haye would put in the work unless the event was huge and victory seemingly guaranteed.

  • Mike M.

    We just found Wilders next opponent 😛

    Meh I’d give Bellew his due props if Haye hadn’t gotten injured. Don’t wanna sound like a hater but I don’t think these sort of victories mean anything or deserve honorable mentions. Realistically Bellew doesn’t pose a threat to anyone else, the rematch is inevitable.

  • Ten Count Toronto

    Well at least Bellew was honest in the post-fight: He came to collect the payday, and despite all the talk of checking Haye’s chin, he conducted a tame, survival minded fight and won a lottery when Haye tore or pulled whatever it is that was injured.

    Otherwise the fight was awful outside the drama of the injury. Hay was obviously more talented bu not sharp at all, looked older than his age and nowhere near ready to threaten the top heavyweights. Having said that, I thought he easily won the first 5 rounds and quite frankly I;m not sure he really lost the 8th & 9th as despite his apparent disability he landed the cleaner & harder punches and avoided most of Bellew’s shots.

    • DBone

      I wasn’t scoring the fight but I saw it similarly. I was entertained even though it was ugly. I guess it helps that I thought Bellew would get blasted but he found a way to win.

    • BillyC

      Even without the injury, Haye was exhausted. Bellew would have ground him down ans stopped him anyway.

      • Ten Count Toronto

        Well I don’t know, it didn’t look like Bellew could really hurt him even in the borderline defenseless state Haye was in, the knockdowns were more a case of just being unable to stand under the flurry of punches.

        But there is no doubt Haye was tiring, and furthermore never looked good in the fight, reaching with one wild swing at a time, searching for balance with an exaggerated wide stance, seeming to labor with his own bulk, a shadow of the athlete he used to be (which was his only asset to begin with). Anyway serves him right for trying to cherry-pick , and credit for Bellew for at least taking the fight.

  • Ten Count Toronto

    Well at least Bellew was honest in the post-fight: He came to collect the payday, and despite all the talk of checking Haye’s chin, he conducted a tame, survival minded fight and won a lottery when Haye tore or pulled whatever it is that was injured.

    Otherwise the fight was awful outside the drama of the injury. Hay was obviously more talented bu not sharp at all, looked older than his age and nowhere near ready to threaten the top heavyweights. Having said that, I thought he easily won the first 5 rounds and quite frankly I;m not sure he really lost the 8th & 9th as despite his apparent disability he landed the cleaner & harder punches and avoided most of Bellew’s shots.

  • Chris Stans

    wow upset of the century. Who would have thought that a guy on one leg would lose??????????????

  • Abraham E. Hernández

    Haye is not the biggest puncher, man. Anywho, congrats to Tony.

  • Teddy Reynoso

    This does not mean Bellew should entertain any idea of moving up to the heavies. I think he is fine at cruisers. As good as Hate was before his quit boxing some time back, he can not really get back to active competition without a real tune up even if he was preparing for a guy like Bellew. Bellew is a world champion at cruisers and has been very active, showing considerable improvement in the process. Haye and his camp shouldn’t have overlooked those factors.

    • Tramadol Jack

      Maybe Bellew shouldn’t stay at heavyweight but like he’s pointed out himself he just wants as much money as he can get for his family and one fight at heavy can be worth ten times what he’d get at cruiserweight (depending on the opponent and marketing of course).

      • Pierre Burger

        Yeah, and if it’s Parker he may well actually win.

  • Turner Wednesday

    Does anybody know if Tony Bellew has a wife and kids? He never seems to mention it.

    • BillyC

      Kids yes. Wife, no he’s not married.

      • Turner Wednesday

        I think you may have missed the joke here.

        • BillyC

          Yeah, I get that he always goes on about his family, but he’s never mentioned a wife, so the “joke” was shit, like Sheffield Wednesday.

          • Turner Wednesday

            Aren’t you a delightful soul. Thank you for your warm and friendly contribution. You must feel really good sat behind that keyboard. Have a beautiful day.

    • Matt

      Do you know how many kids and if they are beautiful?

      You think he’d talk more about that, wouldn’t you?

      (I this post doesn’t get me placed onto a register)

  • mitch menendez

    Haye was awful in the early rounds, off balance and swinging for the fences off no jab, too intent on the k.o he predicted then gets injured, I’ll give him credit for guts in the later rounds however and both guys conducted themselves admirably in the post fight interviews

  • Young Winter

    Sweet victory to the underdog I picked….like I said have to admire his fighting heart!!!!! Good on Tony he’s a champ!!!

  • ciobanu catalin

    Did haye show up tired?…

  • Quentin Lee

    Looks good on David Haye, that clown has always hand picked his opponents in the HW division. Of course he isn’t going to blame the loss on an injury, the idiot did that before in the Wladmir Klitschko Fight, “I lost because I broke my big toe”, hope this is it for David Haye, he has had way too many meaninglessly fights for any relevance in the Heavyweight Division.

  • Marxuach

    Good fight. A little sloppy. Reminded me of one of those 1900s boxing fights

  • Teddy Reynoso

    Could not make too much of this win for Bellew. With Haye reduced to one good leg, he was definitely a goner from the time he incurred the injury in his knee or ankle. Punching power emanates from the legs and without two good legs, Haye was reduced to throwing arm punches which were not as impactful. His corner should have retired him earlier to spare him from shameful beating and tko loss that now could end his return to boxing.

  • Daniel Syvertsen

    Damn shame about the injury! It was a good fight for 6 rounds.

  • Colin Mc Flurry.

    Haye clearly went in injured. He couldn’t move like he wanted to from the opening bell – he couldn’t put full power behind his shots. his timing and balance were way off, clearly the Achilles rumours were true.

    Bellew beat a man with one leg.

  • Shawn

    It appears that somehow being in Creed made Bellew a better fighter.

  • Harry

    Haye was apparently overweight and distrained – that was the reason for hie leg injury. And his speed was gone; Bellew demonstrated better timing and reaction, he dived and evaded many power punches. Haye proved that his blows are not as strong as those of LHW Adonis.

  • Harry

    Haye was apparently overweight and distrained – that was the reason for hie leg injury. And his speed was gone; Bellew demonstrated better timing and reaction, he dived and evaded many power punches. Haye proved that his blows are not as strong as those of LHW Adonis.

  • Stephen M

    I found this to be entertaining. Not high level stuff, but can’t take my eyes off of it stuff. I was surprised that both guys were fairly classy after the fight.

  • Pierre Burger

    Limited and undersized Bellew may be, but I’ll make one confident prediction: he’d beat the s**t out of Joseph Parker, who is the worst heavyweight “champion” since… uh, well, I guess Charles Martin’s existence precludes me from emphasizing that point as much as I wanted to.

  • william ellis

    Bizarre fight. An uninjured Haye would likely have won. But credit to Bellew for hanging tough and capitalizing on his good luck, and credit to Haye for fighting on.

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