dglobalnews.com Haye taking detour in path back to top of heavyweight class
Published: Mon, March 06, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Haye taking detour in path back to top of heavyweight class

Haye taking detour in path back to top of heavyweight class

Tony Bellew has revealed that he broke his hand during his bruising bout against David Haye, but says he is just happy his bitter foe is safe and well after suffering a nasty Achilles injury during the sixth round.

Bellew shocked the odds in winning the WBC cruiserweight title against Ilunga Makabu previous year, while last night, in the most incredible fight of 2017 so far, Bellew stunned the sport with his wild and insane win over David Haye.

The match almost featured as many plot twists as Bellew's role in Creed, as rumors circulated that Haye suffered what was believed to be an ankle or an Achilles injury earlier in the fight.

"Dillian Whyte was the guy saying I was going to get blasted".

"Just before the stoppage I said to David "Stop now", because I'm not here to hurt people. You've helped me secure my kids" future.' He said: 'And thank you for such a great fight.

Before the fight, Bellew was quoted as saying he wouldn't stay at heavyweight after fighting Haye because he wasn't big enough. It will not seem so to him as he contemplates the fading of his days, but this was Haye's finest night.

With talk already gathering pace of a rematch with Haye and potential encounters with world heavyweight champions Joseph Parker and Deontay Wilder, Bellew insists he only has a year maximum left in the sport.

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Tony Bellew lands a right hand against David Haye in his upset victory in London. But I fear going home to Rachael [his long-time partner whom he will marry in July] and not having what she wants. "I've looked up to David Haye almost my whole career".

"Knocking him down for 10 seconds doesn't excite me".

"In rounds four and five he was exhausted but he was blocking, when we got to nine, I felt myself on top of him and I could feel him panicking".

"I think it would be a different story if Haye had to drop a weight, which I initially thought it was, and it's going to be tough for Bellew".

Bellew said he had put the injury out of his mind during the fight, adding: " I don't feel the pain, all I think about is winning". If the fans want to see it again, I'd love to do it again. Bellew has starred in a Rocky film but is now living out a real-life Hollywood tale.

When asked about his thoughts on a possible rematch at Goodison, Rooney then responded "Ask him" before pointing to Bellew and exploding with laughter.

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