David Haye: ‘Tony Bellew is a great champion’

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David Haye has paid tribute to opponent Tony Bellew after being stopped in the fifth round at the O2 Arena.

Bellew knocked Haye down twice in the fourth round before a left hand in the fifth sent Haye down again, forcing the referee to stop the fight.

“Tony boxed a great fight, he did some really clever stuff in there. He boxed good, and I didn’t, it’s that simple,” Haye told Sky Sports.

“I thought I was fit enough to beat him, it turns out I wasn’t, but he’s a great champion. Is this the end? It didn’t feel great in there tonight, but I don’t know. I lost to the better man, so congratulations to Tony.”

Haye had previously said that he would retire unless he defeated Bellew convincingly.

Cover Photo: David Haye by Fitness Professional used under license by CC BY-ND 2.0.

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