History repeated itself, as Tony Bellew knocked out David Haye in their rematch at the O2 Arena in London.
Tony Bellew (30-2-1, 20 KOs) ensured history repeated itself as he knocked out David Haye (28-4, 26 KOs) in their rematch at the O2 Arena in London, England. After a complacent start by both men, they soon began to exchange heavy punches in the center of the ring, and it was Bellew who would prevail the victor, stopping Haye in the fifth round.
The Evertonian looked the sharper of the two in the beginning, beating Haye to a lot of the early exchanges. Haye seemed to learn from his mistakes in their first fight, as he looked to use his jab to setup his combinations, rather than trying to take Bellew out with power punches.
After a fairly lackluster first and second round, the two began to stand and trade big blows towards the end of third round. A short right hand from Bellew folded Haye, and once he recovered and got back to his feet, Bellew again dropped him right at the end of the round.
The fourth saw Haye struggle with his right leg, the same leg in which he ruptured his Achilles in his first fight with Bellew. Haye seemed to be very heavy on his feet, which made him overextend and miss Bellew with a lot of his punches. This made “Bomber” begin to pick up the pace and it started to look like the beginning of the end for Haye.
As the two exchanged left hooks in the fifth round, Bellew caught Haye clean on the chin which sent him face first towards the canvas. Although he recovered and got back to his feet, the onslaught from Bellew that followed caused referee Howard Foster to stop the action, and like last time, Bellew had scored a knockout victory over Haye.
Official result: Tony Bellew def. David Haye by TKO at 2:14 of round five.
Speaking in the ring after the fight, Bellew was very emotional and took the chance to pay tribute to his brother-in-law Ashley Roberts, who tragically passed away in August of last year. Bellew also called out the former WBA, WBO and IBF light heavyweight champion Andre Ward (32-0, 16 KOs). Ward announced his retirement from boxing at the age of 33 in August of last year.