In one of the most anticipated rematches in British boxing history, Tony Bellew made it a double over bitter rival David Haye, as he brutally dispatched the 'Hayemaker' in five rounds.
Haye and Bellew first locked horns in March 2017, a bout that gained a vast amount of media coverage due to the bitter rivalry that built between the pair. Bellew won that fight via knockout in the 11th. Haye sustained a torn achilles tendon in round six of that battle, and carried on like the warrior he was, but this took credit away from Bellew's victory.
The rematch was set to take place in December 2017, but Haye was dealt with another injury blow, which lead to the bout being delayed until May 5th 2018.
As expected, the O2 Arena was packed to the rafters for the rematch.The first two rounds were tentative as both men tried to get a foothold in the bout. It was the final minute of round three when the bout sprung into life, as Bellew dropped Haye heavily twice.
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Bellew pleaded to the ref asking him to stop the bout because he believed Haye was hurt, but the fight continued. After a quiet fourth round, Bellew went to work early in the fifth and landed an inch perfect left hook, which closed the show.
Haye made no excuses post fight, and subsequently retired from the sport months later. Bellew on the other hand had one more bout before retiring, and that was a shot at undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, where he was stopped in eight rounds.
The undercard featured John Ryder catapulting his career back into the limelight, as he got a stoppage victory over domestic rival Jamie Cox. Emmanuel Rodriguez won the vacant IBF bantamweight title after dominating Paul Butler over 12 rounds.
Rio 2016 Olympian, Joe Joyce picked up the Commonwealth heavyweight title in just his fourth fight as he dismantled Lenroy Thomas in two rounds. Fellow Olympian Joshua Buatsi continued his rise up the levels as he knocked out Stephane Cuevas in five rounds.
James Tennyson climbed off the canvas to stop Martin J Ward in round five after a tremendous shoot out to picked the European and Commonwealth super featherweight titles. Luke Campbell returned to the ring on late notice and stopped Troy James in five rounds.
Jordan Gill also extended his unbeaten record to 20-0 as he dominated Carl McDonald over six rounds for a shutout victory.
Finally, prospects Kody Davies and Money Powell IV added stoppage victories to their unbeaten resumes.