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With Everton not playing until Sunday this weekend, when they visit White Hart Lane, the attention of Blues fans who also like boxing was drawn to another part of London on Saturday night, where Evertonian and Scouser Tony Bellew took to the ring in a heavyweight showdown with David Haye at the O2 Arena.
In this much-anticipated grudge match, the pair's war of words will transitioned to the main event as Bellew made the step up from cruiserweight in an attempt to take the mouthy Londoner down.
Getting off to a good start in round 1, Bellew had to absorb a response from Haye in the next few rounds but was a match for him until the bout took a twist ibn the sixth as Haye slipped on the canvas and suffered what looked to be a severe ankle tendon injury that restricted his movement from there on.
Dodging Haye's powerful punches, Bellew fought fatigue as the rounds passed, biding his time and picking up points along the way that would likely have secured a decision for him had the fight gone all the way through 12 rounds.
The rabid Bluenose prevailed in the 11th round, however, knocking his down and through the ropes. Haye staggered to his feet again to beat the count but his corner threw the towel in handing Bellew a shock victory.
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