Bellew beats injured Haye in the 11th round of epic battle
WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew (29-2-1, 19 KOs) scored an 11th round TKO over former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (28-3, 26 KOs) in a upset win on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London.
Haye bravely battled on through a Achilles injury but fellow Brit Bellew floored him in the sixth and 11th rounds of the non-title heavyweight bout, before Haye’s corner threw in the towel.
Both came out firing in the opening round but Haye missed with a lot of punches and Bellew was more accurate.
Haye started to land some hard shots in the following rounds, but the fight turned in the sixth when Haye slipped and damaged his right Achilles, and was left limping around the ring.
After twice falling to the canvas, which were ruled no knockdowns, Haye was knocked down from a barrage of punches.
From then on, Haye could hardly move away from any shots as Bellew teed off on him.
Bellew sent Haye through the ropes with a combination in the 11th and as Haye was climbing back into the ring, his trainer Shane McGuigan threw in the towel to stop the fight and end Haye's punishment at 2:16 of the round.
Bellew said: "I wanted to really beat him more than anything in the world.
"I have got so much respect for David as a fighter, we can do it again."
Haye said: "I trained good going into the fight. I wanted to do a demolition job. I hit him hard on the chin tonight. I did not expect him to have the chin and the durability that he has. Bellew, by far, was the better fighter tonight."
Also on the card, IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby (24-1, 9 KOs) stopped Adoni Gago (16-3-2, 5 KOs) in the ninth round of a non-title fight.
British contender Sam Eggington (20-3, 12 KOs) halted former two-weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi (36-8, 7 KOs) with a body shot in the eighth round for the WBC international welterweight title.
Ohara Davies (15-0, 12 KOs) floored British rival Derry Mathews (38-12-2, 20 KOs) twice en route to a third round stoppage win for the WBC silver light welterweight title.
Former world title challenger Mathews, a former British and Commonwealth champion, confirmed his retirement from boxing following the bout.