Golovkin quickly knocked out the words, Bellew defeated Haye

Bellew's promoter Eddie Hearn said that his fighter had spoken to Fury about a fight after Haye pulled out of the original rematch in November citing a bicep injury from a conditioning session.

Now he can not give it up, with his love of the limelight greater more attractive than putting his feet up and enjoying his hard-earned millions. "I'd love to knock him out", said Bellew.

It was a quick flurry of knockdowns that steered the fight in Bellew's direction in the third, and again he tightened his grip with two more in the fifth.

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

Opponent David Haye looked relatively comfortable in the opening couple of frames but then hit a wall or, should we say, a wall hit him in the form of some devastating shots from "Bomber".

But in the fifth, moments after hitting the floor for a third time, the referee stepped in to halt the fight amid a bombardment of punches.

In the first meeting, which took place at the same venue in March 2017, Bellew moved up from the cruiserweight division to pull off a major upset with a stoppage win in eleven rounds.

He knows it inside out, mentally, physically and historically, and that goes beyond the repeat win over David Haye. Although, I do think that Bellew is a fighter who will get better with age!

The victor of the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight final between Oleksandr Usyk and Murat Gassiev would be a tantalising prospect with all the belts on the line, but the fight would not offer a huge financial incentive. I really like that fight.

"Don't detract from his career - he's an awesome fighter and will go down in history better than I ever will".

"His first words when he hugged me were that I'd done him".

"I know he was watching, smiling and laughing at me". I just like fighting. He's getting ready for the Champions League Final, the Kopite t***!

"I would beat Andre Ward".

"When I sling the left hook inside, you're going out".

In a statement, Haye thanked the fans for making the night possible and one he will remember, despite losing.

At 35, Bellew has once again proven that in this sport knockout power is the last to go.

  • Rosalie Stanley