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By Aaron Cooper   - @intuboxingfm

Well, well, well. I'm not too sure there are many out there who could have predicted that outcome! But, it turned out to be repeat for Tony Bellew!

Yes, ladies and gentleman, you read that correctly. In what can only be described as a perfectly executed gameplan from the Liverpudlian and what surely has to be a sad end to the career of David Haye. Tony Bellew has stopped David Haye in the fifth round of their fight tonight at London's O2 Arena, live on Sky Sports Box Office. 

The bout, of course, was a rematch from their first encounter at the same venue in March 2017. In which Tony Bellew stopped Haye in the eleventh round.

The opening stanza was quite a cagey affair with both men working behind the jab. At this point, Haye was showing so signs of the previously injured Achilles tendon. Haye threw a couple of wild looping rights that missed the target, but he probably edged the opener because he was more busy with the jab. The second round was more of the same, both men began working behind the jab, posturing when the other missed and enjoying success in their own right. I gave this round to Bellew as i thought he landed the cleaner work. Bellew built on this success in the third in a big way. The bout quickly opened up into something of a shootout, although it was pretty wild from both men, Bellew floored Haye not once, but twice. It was at the end of the third I think that Haye aggravated the injury that caused his defeat in the previous fight. By the fourth, it was clear that Haye was in trouble. The fairly light feet that we saw in the opening rounds made way for cement boots as Haye struggled to move around the ring and evade Bellew who perhaps sensed he could make an early nights work out of this. 

The end was nigh, Haye opened the round wildly and Bellew took full advantage. 'The Bomber' floored Haye for the third time in the bout. Although Haye rose to his feet and beat the count, it wasn't long before Bellew launched another attack. This time the referee calling an end to the fight, and perhaps Haye's career.

After the fight Bellew told Sky Sports, 

"There was an empty seat and, I swear, my brother-in-law was here watching me. That’s for him."Each night I’ve cried, I’m emotional because I miss him."

“Haye goes down as a better fighter than me. He’s a legend of the sport. Age does play a factor with his style. Speed and timing…

"What about Andre Ward, pound-for-pound king, you name them and I'll beat them. I'm not bad for a little, fat, mouthy, scouser.

Promoter Eddie Hearn said: 

"I don't know what's next, I don't care right now. David Haye has been a British boxing icon, he kept coming back tonight. Bellew can fight and he has one hell of a heart. "I don't know where he goes next."

Reflecting on his defeat, the former WBA Heavyweight Champion had this to say  “Bellew fought a very good fight and I didn’t, simply.Tony was a better man, I couldn’t quite make it happen, everything happens for a reason. “He’s a great champion and I enjoy the battle. Bellew’s my nemesis, we are of similar stature, that’s why we gel and make such a fun fight."

“I’ll have to review the tapes, I was bettered tonight. I’m not injured, I’m fully healthy.”

.... you certainly looked injured David ...