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Bellew Stops Haye in Round 11

Last night the O2 Arena witnessed one of the best heavyweight fights in recent years.

Ahead of what was a thrilling encounter between David Haye and Tony Bellew, many pundits saw it as no more than a miss-match between a natural world class heavyweight and a pumped-up cruiserweight.

It wasn’t a matter of whether Haye would beat Bellew but a matter of how early in the fight he could do it.

Well, once again this wonderful sport of ours showed that as well as being spectacular and gruelling it can also spring a surprise.

The early rounds were supposed to be explosive but they were cagey with both fighters wary of the power the other had, the power to end it with one punch.

For the early rounds Haye commanded the centre of the ring whilst Bellew moved around the ropes, with Haye looking to unload a big punch Bellew was always watching and waiting for an opening of his own he could pursue.

Although Bellew was slipping Haye’s shots well he was caught flush on the jaw in the fifth but survived.

The sixth saw a return to normality with both fighters reverting to earlier type. The pace was upped in round seven as Bellew followed his theory that Haye would tire after the halfway mark

Haye as we entered round eight looked to be struggling, the rumoured pre-fight Achilles problem now looked legitimate as the heavier man struggled to stalk his opponent around the ring and unload his punches.

Haye’s desperation saw him catch Bellew with a low blow in round nine with Bellew now knowing he had this fight in the bag, providing he didn’t leave himself open.

The end came in round eleven when a barrage of punches sent Haye crashing to the canvas, a gallant effort to get up came to nothing as Haye’s corner threw in the towel and the victory was Bellew’s.

All the pre-fight animosity whereby vindictive verbal exchanges were forgotten as both men embraced each other in the ring.

What next for both fighters?

A world heavyweight fight for Bellew, retirement for Haye?


The Journalist

Writer: Kid Glove Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday March 5 2017

Time: 9:41AM

 

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