Anthony Joshua reacts to Tony Bellew beating David Haye in fifth round stoppage

David Haye v Tony Bellew

The crowd present at the iconic O2 Arena as well as millions watching across the globe witnessed another enticing contest between David Haye and Tony Bellew on Saturday night as the duo clashed for the grudge rematch.

Bellew was able to produce yet another impressive show to secure a sensational back-to-back stoppage win, 14 months after they last met in London.

The Liverpudlian didn’t rush into action right from the start and took his time to figure out Haye’s gameplan, wearing him out in the initial rounds.

Bellew came into his own in round three, though, when he landed a remarkable left hook and right hand to floor the former heavyweight champion twice within a matter of seconds.

Haye, somehow, managed to survive the fourth round and it was in the fifth when a pinpoint left hand sent the 37-year-old down for the third time.

He regathered himself and rose up again, but Bellew could not be stopped. The 'Bomber' hit Haye with a combination of body blows, pushing him to the ropes, before referee Howard Foster intervened to end the Londoner's misery.

It was an emotional victory for Bellew as he was seen going down to his knees and in tears as he celebrated with his team.

Close friend Anthony Joshua was also at ringside to see the action.

David Haye v Tony Bellew

The unified heavyweight champion cast his verdict about the bout just moments after the Haye-Bellew saga came to an end.

The 28-year-old said: “I believed in him. He didn’t need to shootout continuously. He took his time, picked his shots. When it was time initially, when he got the first knockdown, after he was picking his starts, let him go, drops him.

“The fight went into a bit of a brawl, revived back taking his time, when he went for shootout again, he knew what he had to do. So credit to him.

“I’m happy for him. Really proud of him.”

David Haye v Tony Bellew

Asked if it was the last time the world of boxing will see Haye fight, Joshua was quick to reply: “Definitely not!”

“Reason being, I feel like, in my opinion, even though it’s a young man’s game, there is still a lot more to come.”

Moments later Bellew was seen coming down the ring to meet Joshua, when AJ congratulated him for the emphatic win.

It remains to be seen what the future holds for 'The Bomber', whether he continues his journey in the heavyweight division or returns to cruiserweight.

Meanwhile, Haye failed to confirm if it was the last outing of his pro career and will assess the fight to decide his future.

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