Tony Bellew vs David Haye II
CONTROVERSY RATING: N/A
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Saturday, May 5, 2018
Rivals Tony Bellew and David Haye battle it out at the O2 Arena in London, in a highly anticipated, previously postponed rematch, which follows a first fight between them, 14 months earlier, at the same venue, a fight Haye was a very heavy favourite to win, but a fight Bellew won, and a fight he won by stoppage, in a controversial fight, Haye, having sustained a terrible injury, but having still taken a beating.
The fight is tentative, Haye, trying to get the jab to the body working, Bellew, moving. Bellew gets the cleaner shots off in an exchange or two, but Haye, doing slightly more.
Bellew continues to move in round 2, stay defensive, Haye tries to be aggressive, isn't reckless, but misses with a fair amount of straight punches. Haye manages to land a big right hand flush in the last minute, Bellew takes it well.
Bellew is mobile, uses feints in round 3, Haye works much harder, he tries to be sensible, but he misses with pretty much everything. Haye struggles for pace, and is frustrated, Bellew goes the ropes, Haye swings with 4 big punches, hitting air, and he tries to backpeddle for a rest, Bellew follows him across the ring, and as Haye halts, they open up, Bellew lands a 3 punch combination finishing with a right hand to the chin that sits Haye down, Haye gets up, but is dropped heavily, having taken a thunderous left hook, the bell comes as Haye gets up again.
Bellew doesn't get careless, he sustains his judgement of range, keeps his right hand up, and Haye gets on his bike. Bellew hunts Haye down, throwing shots at the right time, lands the right hand and left hook flush several times, hurts Haye, saps it out of him, but he works himself hard, putting everything into some of the punches he hits Haye with.
Bellew reduces his aggression and output in round 5, takes a rest, but Haye is unable to rally, and unable to make Bellew work. Bellew is patient, makes Haye miss, and in the last minute, he lands a brilliant, destructive left hook which sends Haye crashing. Exhausted, and on his hands and knees, Haye beats the count, tries to survive, but as a defenceless, very dazed Haye is caught by a couple more big shots as he is bullied towards a corner, the referee stops the fight, and not controversially.
Tony Bellew proves himself right, stops David Haye, again, and does it much earlier the second time than the first time.