“Bomber” bombed “The Haymaker” out of the ring in the 11th round, and as he was trying to get back on his feet, his corner threw in the towel to force the decision.
On Saturday, the WBC cruiserweight champion, Tony “Bomber” Bellew shocked the world after a TKO victory against the former undefeated unified cruiserweight champion and former WBA heavyweight champion David “The Haymaker” Haye at the O2 Arena, London.
The result is seen as one of the greatest in British boxing history and as a result Bellew is faced with host of exciting options including the prospect of facing the undefeated Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder for the WBC heavyweight title.
After losing the 1st round, Haye came back strongly and won rounds 2, 3, 4 and 5. Then the unthinkable happened, as the 36-year-old snaps his Achilles that left the boxer immobilize till the finish. The former champ was visibly in severe pain and unable to move but made up his mind that he’s never going to quit.
Bellew took full advantage of Haye’s condition and made him suffer until the former champ was in no condition to continue.
After the bout, Bellew said:
“At the end, I told him: ‘Thank you. You’ve helped me secure my kids’ future. And thank you for such a great fight. I can’t believe you’re still standing.’ But some of you don’t believe me: I’ve got no switch-off button. It’s scary. No matter how hard or painful it gets, I can’t stop. The biggest danger in this game to me is me. There’s only a certain number of times you can keep doing this. There won’t be many more times.”
What next for Bellew?
Even though Bellew is eager to walk away from the sport in the next 12 months, he wants to cash out his newly earned famed and achieve the biggest payday of his career. Liverpudlian Bellew also revealed he has some exciting offers on the table, including that includes Deontay Wilder.