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David Haye reveals he had a masterplan to knockout Tony Bellew… before his corner threw in the towel





David Haye reveals he had a masterplan to knockout Tony Bellew… before his corner threw in the towel David Haye
'I was going to KO him'

Bermondsey boxer also claimed retirement plans are completely false and he is eyeing a fight with Tyson Fury

DAVID HAYE reveals he had a masterplan to knockout Tony Bellew… before his corner threw in the towel.

The Bermondsey boxer lost the fight via a TKO in the eleventh round at the same time as the towel was thrown in by his corner.

David Haye was sent sprawling through the ropes by Tony Bellew in the tenth-round of their blockbuster fight

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David Haye was sent sprawling through the ropes by Tony Bellew in the tenth-round of their blockbuster fight

Haye was looking at using the ropes to give him support as being in the middle of the ring wasn’t going to work with one leg.


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Haye told the Mirror: “The game plan was to stay against the ropes and use them as my right leg.

“I couldn’t be in the centre of the ring because I only had one leg. I tried to slip and slide his punches and counter-punch.

Boxer David Haye shows his fans what he does on fight day pre Tony Bellew clash
Tony Bellew triumphed in his grudge fight against David Haye

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Tony Bellew triumphed in his grudge fight against David Haye

"I had more success as the fight went on; I was playing possum and trying to show him I was hurt.

"I couldn’t push off my leg and I couldn’t punch at range so I had to get him to come into range so I could counter him.

"It was a dangerous strategy but the only one I could implement to try to win the fight; I had to land one big shot, I wasn’t going to win on points with the cards I was dealt.

"I still believed I was going to knock him out when he dropped me again.

David Haye kept going despite snapping his Achilles early in the fight

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David Haye kept going despite snapping his Achilles early in the fight

"I remember thinking that as soon as I got up, I was going to hit him with an uppercut."

Meanwhile, Haye added that retirement rumours doing the rounds recently couldn't be further from the truth.

He said: "I may have been beaten by Tony Bellew but — true to my entrance music — there ain’t no stoppin’ me.

"I want to reassure those asking there is no truth in talk of me retiring. I love boxing now more than ever.

David Haye and Tony Bellew are both open for a re-match in the future

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David Haye and Tony Bellew are both open for a re-match in the future

"Yes I lost but being in the big fights, bouts which get the public excited, is what I thrive on.

"If the opportunity presents itself I’d like a rematch but if Tony decides to retire now, I’d understand.

"He doesn’t need to rush a decision. Let him have his time to enjoy the moment.

"Everyone I speak to seems to want a rematch, people keep telling me 'you’ve got to do that again'.

This was the moment the fight against Tony Bellew swung in the worst possible way for David Haye when he ripped his Achilles

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This was the moment the fight against Tony Bellew swung in the worst possible way for David Haye when he ripped his Achilles

"I’m in the sport to give the fans the fights they want to see and I feel it would be even bigger next time. But we will have to wait and see.

"We both said we would like a rematch, and I’d go to Liverpool to make it happen.

"I’d maybe even like a best-of-three. Make it a classic series, like the Micky Ward-Arturo Gatti trilogy.

"It’s fair to say the build up would be different if we fought again with a new founded respect.

David Haye was injured in the sixth round, and was left fighting on one leg

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David Haye was injured in the sixth round, and was left fighting on one leg

"He now respects my heart and will to win, and I now respect Tony’s power and durability.

"If he doesn’t want a rematch, I’ll respect that. It’s his life, he knows how tough it was.

"Will he want to put his body through that again? It wasn’t a fun night for either of us."

Haye also said he would love a fight with ex-heavyweight champ Tyson Fury.

David Haye is hoping to one day fight Tyson Fury despite his injury

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David Haye is hoping to one day fight Tyson Fury despite his injury

On the prospect of that fight, he added: "We need Fury to get in nick and return to the boxing ring. The heavyweight division has really missed Tyson Fury and his antics.

"Hopefully, like he said on Monday, he can get himself in good nick and back out there.

"I hope he can get his issues with his licence, the British Boxing Board of Control and UK Anti-Doping resolved and that we see him back in a ring soon.

"It could make a good fight, me and him. You never know."

 

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