Posts Tagged ‘David Haye’

 

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Tony Bellew delivered on his rematch promise to defeat David Haye quicker by putting on a counter-punch clinic with three knockdowns for a dominant fifth round TKO.

Haye carried the first two rounds by keeping distance and landing long jabs and straight rights. But when the fight went inside, Bellew’s sharper technique took over by forcing Haye to exchange. He dropped the former heavyweight title-holder twice in the third with counter right hands. On the second knockdown, Haye grimaced in pain and held his right ankle. Despite this, Haye had enough of his bearings to move and survive the round.

Haye was evasive enough to make it through the fourth but looked perilously close to being stopped any time Bellew attacked. The Hayemaker punch to turn the bout around wasn’t there due to Haye’s poor balance. In the fifth, he threw a wide left hook that put him in line for Bellew to deliver a compact, textbook left hook of his own, resulting in  Haye careening face-first to the canvas.

Haye beat the count but couldn’t mount a strong defense, prompting the referee stoppage. Afterward, Haye offered no excuses and dismissed the speculation he was injured in round three. Although the 37-year old Haye wouldn’t commit to retiring, Bellew said he hoped his rival would call it quits.

“This is a young man’s game. I told the referee after the third to stop the fight,” said Bellew. “The only reason I gave him a chance in the fourth was because he’s so heavy-handed. I hope he makes a (retirement) announcement in the next few days.”

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Haye’s been on borrowed time for years. The explosive athleticism that defined his cruiserweight and early heavyweight run have completely eroded from injuries. He’s still in good shape, but the added weight from age and muscle makes him lethargic and predictable in the ring. There is absolutely no reason for him to continue on at 37.

As for Bellew, his domestic star is bright. He called out a myriad of opponents but sounded most interested in luring Andre Ward out of retirement. If Ward isn’t swayed by the possibility of a high-level UK fight, Bellew has a few other opens at heavyweight (Fury, Whyte) and cruiser (Usyk-Gassiev winner) to keep him occupied. Not bad for a 35-year old looking to close out a career on favorable terms.

 

 

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LIVERPOOL — Tony Bellew was dominant on Saturday in dispatching BJ Flores in three rounds to retain his WBC cruiserweight title.

Bellew played the role of counter-puncher while Flores was the stalking aggressor. In the first round, Flores was able to capitalize and catch the champion with wide right hands.

The momentum turned suddenly when a Bellew counter left strayed low. Flores turned to complain to the referee about the non-call, allowing Bellew to pounce with hooks for the first knockdown.

An enraged Flores pressed Bellew for the rest of the round as both men were stunned with haymakers. The American challenger would get the worst of the damage as Bellew’s better accuracy put Flores down twice more to conclude the round.

Flores would futilely attempt to drag Bellew into a brawl in round three. But the champion remained calm and moved away to create space when needed. A short exchange resulted in Flores crumbling to his knees from a left hook counter. The challenger was not up fully at the count of 10 and did not protest the referee stoppage.

The real fun happened seconds afterward with Bellew storming from the ring to confront David Haye. Did Bellew sell this potential fight for you?


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LONDON — David Haye and Shannon Briggs have cleared the path for a September UK showdown after both posted early knockouts against overmatched opposition Saturday night at the 02 Arena.

First up with Shannon Briggs, who faced Argentina’s 34 year-old Emilio Ezequiel Zarate (20-17-3, 11 KOs). Aside from being 6’5, there was little he brought to ring against Briggs, who ended matters in the first with a left hook to the body. Zarate had taken the fight on four days notice.


Haye’s opponent, Arnold Gjergjaj, came into the ring with a glossy 29-0 record. The loss of that undefeated mark became a foregone conclusion when Haye dropped him 30 seconds in with a straight right. Gjergjaj then went into survival mode, including trying to milk a late hit at the first round bell by sinking to his knees.

The second round was a matter of cornering Gjergjaj, who surrendered to the canvas after a series of clubbing short rights.

In his post-fight interview, Haye confirmed the Shannon Briggs fight is a go for September. It remains to be seen if the actual fight will be as entertaining as the trash-talking from their upcoming press tour.

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Yesterday at the weigh-in for Anthony Joshua vs. Charles Martin, Shannon Briggs once again made his presence known by confronting David Haye. The Brooklynite raised the Hayemaker’s ire by briefly touching his hair, prompting Haye to tell him a fight is inevitable and Briggs is going to get “banged out.”

I see no issues with this fight. As entertaining as Briggs is, he’s done nothing in the ring to justify being anywhere near a title shot. Haye has the name, but he’s still in rebuild mode after years away from the ring. This would be a decent payday for both in the UK (and likely a smashing KO for Haye).

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David Haye made the surprise announcement over the weekend that he’ll likely be forced into retirement following extensive surgery to repair his right shoulder.

Haye was preparing to face Tyson Fury on February 8 in a bout that had already been delayed once. Originally scheduled in September, the fight was postponed when Haye suffered a cut in sparring just a week before the bout.

Haye underwent surgery in Germany and released the below statement regarding the seriousness of the injury:

It’s a crushing blow for me. I had big plans to win back the world heavyweight title, something my amazing fans deserve.

The boxing Gods kept hinting that maybe enough is enough and that it’s time to finally hangup my gloves. I’ve been boxing for 23 years now and this has clearly taken a toll on my body. I can only offer my sincerest apologies to all those fans who have followed me over the years and, like me, wanted to finish on a real high.

Fury, who called into question the legitimacy of Haye’s last injury, made a statement on Sunday accusing Haye of always being “afraid” of going through with their contest:

I’m absolutely furious but in all honesty this is exactly what I expected. Everyone knows I was very suspicious when he pulled out the first time and this confirms to me that he’s always been afraid of me and never wanted the fight.

At press time, Fury has not disclosed if he’ll attempt to face another opponent on the February 8 date.

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Back injuries, cuts, hand fractures and shoulder surgery. Haye has had enough fight pull-outs and postponements that any reasonable person would be suspicious. But this is the first time I recall that he’s seriously mentioned having to retire. Fury has every right to be pissed off because Haye had to have known there were issues with his shoulder while negotiating the February 8 date.

Haye hasn’t officially hung up the gloves yet, so we’ll see how this story develops in the coming weeks. Do you believe Haye, or is he crying wolf to set up another big comeback?

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David Haye and Tyson has agreed to terms that will move their September 28 fight, now postponed due to Haye’s cut left eye, to February 8.

Haye announced the news earlier today via his official website. He promised to knock out Fury, who’s accused him of fabricating the injury to avoid their showdown. In addition, Fury’s team initially balked at rescheduling the contest.

“News of the date in February is music to my ears,” stated Haye. “I was absolutely devastated this weekend, and felt as though I’d let a lot of people down. But now, with this new date, I couldn’t be happier.”

“My fans will still get the chance to see what they all wanted to see this weekend – they’ll get to see Tyson Fury sparked out in a spectacular fashion.”

Haye has also faced criticism for engaging in sparring, reportedly without headgear, with just a week to go before the fight. Haye disclosed the sparring has been a part of his previous late training regimen and in line with great fighters of the past.

“Sparring eight days before a fight is nothing new or unusual,” Haye argued “I’ve done this before fights in the past and never had an issue. Also, look at the history books. George Foreman sparred and got cut eight days before his ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ with Muhammad Ali – causing a six-week postponement – and Sugar Ray Leonard sparred and got knocked down five days before his fight with Marvin Hagler, but still managed to go on and win.”

“Foreman and Leonard are two of the greatest fighters of all-time, so if it was good enough for them, it’s certainly good enough for little old me. Not only that, those guys were preparing to face the likes of Ali and Hagler, while I was preparing to fight Tyson Fury, a man whose greatest triumph to date is shedding a few stone on Belgium’s Biggest Loser fat camp.”

“These things sometimes happen in training, and to suggest I decided against wearing a head-guard, or that the cut was premeditated, shows a clear lack of knowledge and understanding. This camp was no different to any other, aside from the fact it ended on an unlucky and sour note.”

Fury is still expected to take a stay-busy fight before facing Haye, possibly targeting a December date. For Haye, the next few months just delays what he boasts will be an exposure of Fury’s limitations.

“Tyson Fury might start to get brave now that he’s received a stay of execution – and he might call me names and accuse me of ducking him – but that will all be short-lived, I can promise you,” Haye declared. “After hearing the nonsense he has come out with in the last few days, I’m even more determined to expose him in front of millions. And only the possibility of getting another chance to land punches on his massive head and doughy gut has helped cheer me up.”

“The cut will heal, the fight will happen next year, and the fans will go home happy. The only difference now is that Tyson Fury gets an even nastier beat-down than he would have received first time round.”

“Once again, I’d like to apologize to the fans for the inconvenience caused by the postponement, and also because they will now have to endure a few more months of rubbish spewing from the mouth of Tyson Fury. I had hoped to silence him for good on Saturday night.”

At press time, Tyson Fury could not be reached for comment.

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David Haye’s anticipated UK showdown with undefeated Tyson Fury will now be delayed due to a deep left eye cut suffered by Haye in sparring.

The news was announced earlier today with Haye posting a picture of the injury on social media. Fury took to Twitter to claim the cut was just Haye’s latest attempt to avoid their confrontation.

“Sorry to everyone who brought tickets and hotels,” Fury Tweeted. “Haye’s excuses are boring. He don’t want to fight me!”

At press time, a tentative rescheduled date has not been announced.

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We all knew Fury would have something to say, but that cut eliminates any serious talk of ducking. Anything can happen when you’re throwing punches and this is just an unfortunate setback. Although fighters normally tone down the sparring the week before the fight, it’s not unheard for some guys to continue going hard in an effort to stay intense and work off any additional pounds. And from the looks of the below recent sparring footage, it may be in Fury’s best interest that this fight is being delayed.