The rematch did not happen. Bellew knocked out hay

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It pained Carl Froch to watch his friend David Haye lose to Tony Bellew on Saturday night.

Tony Bellew left David Haye facing retirement after dropping him three times in a humiliating fifth-round stoppage Saturday.

When he goes over the tape, he will see a brilliant Bellew totally take him apart while he looked a shadow of the man who once reigned as king of the cruiserweights and WBA heavyweight champion.

An emotional Bellew said: "David Haye is an unbelievable fighter, he just got caught in a slugfest".

"I seriously came to the ring and was willing to be finished", Bellew said.

Hearn said that the two had verbally agreed to fighting each other but that Haye's recovery ensured that their planned rematch would go ahead as scheduled. Tony was the better fighter. "Tony Bellew is definitely my nemesis".

I don't want to hurt anyone. "I have a different set of skills to what he has seen before". He is a pound-for-pound great but I can match him on the inside, and he has never fought anyone who could do that.

"The problem is Tyson Fury is young; he is not Haye and 37 years old".

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"Timing is everything in this sport. These two [Eddie Hearn and Dave Coldwell] think I'm insane but I know I can flatline him".

"Fury isn't a big puncher like Anthony Joshua or Haye". I really like that fight.

The former unified cruiserweight champion paid tribute to his conqueror Bellew and dismissed rumours that he had been carrying an injury in the fight.

Since losing to Bellew previous year, Haye has had operations to mend his Achilles and biceps. I couldn't quite get off. If he regains half of what he had against Wladimir Klitschko then Bellew's not touching him - purely on size and strength, his extra reach and extra height. I can't even put it into words. I said to him "please stop".

"Boxing does not favour fighters past 35 who fight on reflexes and explosive power". I'm taking nothing away from Tony Bellew.

The rivalry with Haye has delivered Bellew the two biggest pay days of his career as their heated exchanges drew in fans on pay-per-view television.

Bellew, the former WBC cruiserweight champion, was again considered the underdog but is enjoying the finest run of his career. He was boxing very good, and I didn't. I was in the hotel on my own all week and each night I have cried. My partner is broken. He was there and I dedicate this fight to Ash.

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