Bellew calls out Haye a er re­tain­ing cruis­er­weight ti­tle

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

BRI­TAIN’S Tony Bellew re­tained his World Box­ing Coun­cil cruis­er­weight ti­tle with a third-round stop­page of BJ Flores on Oc­to­ber 15 and then promptly charged out of the ring to con­front David Haye.

Liver­pool boxer Bellew floored Flores three times in the sec­ond round be­fore see­ing off his Amer­i­can chal­lenger in the next.

After the fight was stopped, an emo­tional Bellew had to be re­strained by se­cu­rity staff from con­fronting Bri­tish ri­val Haye, a friend of Flores’, who was watch­ing at ring­side.

“I’m ruth­less when I get go­ing. BJ Flores is an old-school, re­spected fighter and he’s try­ing to ful­fil a child­hood dream,” Bellew said.

“I’ve pum­melled him. I could have been clin­i­cal. I’m not called the ‘Bomber’ for noth­ing.”

Bellew then turned his at­ten­tion to one-time spar­ring part­ner Haye, a former cruis­er­weight and heavy­weight world cham­pion.

Haye, com­pet­ing as a heavy­weight, re­turned to the ring aged of 35 in Jan­uary after three-and-a-half years with a first round knock­out win over Mark de Mori.

But Bellew made it clear that he thought Haye’s re­turn was noth­ing more than a money-grab­bing pub­lic­ity stunt

“You see him? He’s been con­ning the Bri­tish pub­lic since his pa­thetic come­back started,” Bellew said of Haye.

“The last two guys you fought are work­ing on night­club doors, or they’re putting the bins out.”

He added, “You see you? You’re gonna get smashed too.”

“With 10 ounce gloves on, I’ll put you and your pa­thetic hair­cut to sleep.”

“Brother, I’m the big­gest pay­day you’ve got right now.”

Haye ac­cepted Bellew had done a fine job of work in see­ing off Flores but in­sisted he would have no trou­ble de­feat­ing him if they met as heavy­weights.

“His per­for­mance was first-class. He beat BJ Flores, a good friend of mine,” said Haye.

“Bellew has dy­na­mite in his fists but would that work on me? I don’t think so.”

“He was tak­ing big shots in the process. His de­fence was leaky. Against me, that’d take one shot.”

“I am a heavy­weight for eight or nine years. If he wants to come up, it’s an easy night’s work. I’ll prob­a­bly knock him out with a jab.”

“I could win the fight with one hand, just my left hand. I wouldn’t even need my right hand.”

Flores traded punches with Bellew, a fan of Liver­pool’s Ever­ton foot­ball team who won the world ti­tle with a knock­out of Ilunga Mak­abu at the club’s Good­i­son Park ground in May.

But the 33-year-old Bellew, in his first ti­tle de­fence, fin­ished the open­ing round the stronger.

He dropped Flores in the sec­ond round, although the Amer­i­can com­plained of a low blow, and then cap­i­talised on his op­po­nent’s loss of con­cen­tra­tion to floor him once more.

Just be­fore the bell, Flores was down again but he beat the count.

Nev­er­the­less, the fin­ish was in sight and a flurry of punches from Bellew in the third round ended with a left hook that knocked Flores to the can­vas be­fore the ref­eree stopped the con­test.

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