Bellew broke hand beat­ing Haye

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Tony Bellew says he broke a hand early in his thrilling heavy­weight vic­tory over fel­low Bri­ton David Haye, who was badly ham­pered by a leg in­jury.

Haye’s cor­ner threw in the towel in the 11th round at Lon­don’s O2 Arena on Satur­day with the 36-year-old suf­fer­ing a sus­pected Achilles in­jury half­way through the bout.

But sur­prise win­ner Bellew re­vealed he too had been hurt.

“I broke my right hand in the sec­ond or third round. It is sore now but I don’t feel the pain — all I think about is win­ning,” the 34year-old told BBC Ra­dio Five Live.

Bellew de­scribed his in­jured hand as be­ing “the size of a small bowl­ing ball.”

The build-up to the fight was dom­i­nated by trash-talk­ing be­tween Bellew and Haye, but they were re­spect­ful of each other af­ter­wards and a re­match could even be on the cards.

Bellew, a cruis­er­weight cham­pion who stepped up in weight to fight Haye, said he will take time to as­sess his fu­ture.

How­ever, his pro­moter Ed­die Hearn said he had al­ready been ap­proached by the camps of WBC heavy­weight cham­pion Deon­tay Wilder and WBO ti­tle-holder Joseph Parker.

“I got into bed about 3.30 am, I had Deon­tay Wilder’s camp phon­ing me up, I had Joseph Parker’s camp phon­ing me up, both want­ing to de­fend their world heavy­weight ti­tles against Tony Bellew.

“So he’s got no end of op­tions,” Hearn said. He’s got big de­ci­sions to make — stay at cruis­er­weight, de­fend that, unify the divi­sion. Maybe even a re­match with David Haye or, I think more likely, to chal­lenge for the world heavy­weight ti­tle.”

“Tony’s prob­a­bly got another two, three, four, five fights. This is a tough sport and it’s all about se­cur­ing your fu­ture and your fam­ily’s fu­ture.

Tony Bellew

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