It was Bellew's 30th victory as a professional, and his 10th in succession which takes his record to a superb 30-2-1. And then a big left hook by Bellew sent Haye down for a the third time. Cancel in time and you've basically got Haye vs Bellew for free.
With his timing off and desperation showing, Haye was swinging for the fences in the third. I don't think he needs to fight on anymore, but he could definitely afford to if there are some impassable opportunities out there. But speed decreases with age.
But as it turned out Bellew had Haye's number once again, and after the opening two rounds, where Haye just about out fought his opponent, Bellew stepped up a notch and dominated the 37 year old.
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"I didn't feel that great in there".
"We got up close and I banged him up", said Bellew.
Froch was on commentary duty for Sky Sports and he delivered a line after the fight that paints a sad picture of where Haye's career lies.
With Bellew forcing the pace and applying the pressure, it was clear to see that Haye was struggling to match the pace and deal with the sharp and precise shots being thrown at him by the Merseyside fighter.More news: Ichiro Suzuki joining Mariners' front office
"Tony was the better man and boxed a great game plan". I'm taking nothing away from Tony Bellew. Everything happens for a reason. He's a great champion and I enjoyed the battle. Tony was the better fighter.
Bellew revealed that he's talked to Ward about the possibility of the American coming out of retirement but he also said that he would like to fight Tyson Fury and that he believes he can "flatline" the former world heavyweight champion. I want the referee to count to 10. I am a walking Super Series. I don't need a man who is about nine foot trying to punch my face in when he's back to his best.
By his own admission, Bellew was not mentally ready for a rematch in late 2017, which was postponed when Haye needed surgery on a biceps injury.
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By the fourth Hayes was looking sluggish, with his back foot slightly dragging as Bellew smelt blood. In Round three, the Liverpudlian broke through, with two big knockdowns of the former champion, Haye being saved by the bell. The punch crashed into Haye's chin, sending him to the canvas awkwardly as his left leg remained slack and motionless.
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