Tony Bellew has seemingly ended David Haye’s career after his second win over the Hayemaker in little over a year.
The Bomber recorded a fifth-round stoppage, having knocked Haye down three times, to leave Haye’s career unclear.
At 37-years-old, and with back-to-back defeats on his record, the future looks grim for the former heavyweight champion.
Fourteen months ago, Bellew prevailed after Haye suffered an achilles injury midway through the contest.
It was hard to shake the idea that the Evertonian was able to succeed only as a result of Haye’s injury - the Hayemaker could barely walk from the sixth round onwards - but Bellew was eager to prove that he didn’t need Haye to be injured to win.
And he did just that with an excellent performance at the O2 Arena on Saturday night.
Haye made a fast start to proceedings but he appeared tired by the third round and Bellew capitalised.
Froch's truth bomb
The 35-year-old floored his opponent twice in the closing stages of the third, with Haye appearing to have serious issues with his leg.
Bellew’s confidence grew and he went on the front foot in search of an early stoppage. The fight was over in the fifth after Bellew stopped Haye for the third time.
Carl Froch was on commentary duty for Sky Box Office and he issued a line that really sums up the state of Haye’s boxing career.
“He’s a machine that’s broken, and he cannot be fixed,” Froch said, before going on to state that Haye's career is over.
“I want him to retire now. I want him to turn it in. It’s time now,” Froch added when he spoke to iFL TV.
It’s hard to see any other option for Haye but to hang up his gloves.
He harboured dreams of fighting Anthony Joshua before that first defeat to Bellew. But there’s no way way he can seek such a huge fight now.
As for Bellew, he has no idea what’s next.
“It's been a great journey,” the 35-year-old said in his post-fight interview.
“Who's next? I don't know. I am a walking Super Series. Every fight I'm in is a Super Series. I need that mega star."
He’s adamant that it won’t be Joshua, but it’s great to hear he’s ready to continue his boxing career.News Now - Sport News