The face of defeat: Tony Bellew stops David Haye in fifth round

David Haye

Tony Bellew proved to be the better man again Saturday night by knocking out David Hayes in the fifth round.

The achilles injury that Haye suffered in the first fight appeared to cause him problems once again, particular after Bellew felled him in the third round. After the fight Haye refused to blame his injuries and gave Bellew full credit for the win but also wanted time to recover so he could have an immediate rematch for a shot at redemption.

The fight was a return of last March's upset as Bellew stopped an injured Haye in the eleventh round.

"He boxed a great game plan".

Both men were given the same £2.5m guarantee in their first fight, although Haye reportedly came away with a whopping £4.2m.

The result will likely mean retirement for Haye who admitted before the fight that he would retire if he did not beat Bellew comfortably. Tony Bellew fought a great fight - strategic.

Bellew was the more controlled fighter, trusting his jab throughout, though Haye managed to unleash his powerful right hand in disjointed early rounds.

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"David Haye is an wonderful fighter, he just got caught in a slugfest. I'm just happy I won against the odds". You will all laugh and say I wouldn't have a chance, but I would knock Andre Ward out - or I will outbox him.

"When I sling the left hook inside, you're going out".

Tony "Bomber" Bellew and David "The Hayemaker" Haye face off again tonight for their eagerly anticipated rematch. Haye tried to force the action a lot more in the final minute, missing wildly with a combination in chasing Bellew who used his feet to avoid the punches. Defended an attack from Haye before counter punching, putting the Londoner down on the canvas twice before he was saved by the bell. The Liverpool native has now earned back-to-back wins at Heavyweight after first competing for a Light Heavyweight championship in 2013. "I love my family so much and this was for them, too".

By the fourth Hayes was looking sluggish, with his back foot slightly dragging as Bellew smelt blood. I overestimated how good I was.

Elsewhere on the card, the United Kingdom's own Paul Butler fights undefeated Puerto Rican Emmanuel Rodriguez for the vacant IBF world bantamweight title.

That's all there is to it, enjoy the big fight!

'Thank you to everyone who packed out The o2 Arena, tuned into Sky Box Office or piled into their local pub to witness it live.

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