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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1 Posted 04/03/2017 at 08:46:37
2 Posted 04/03/2017 at 09:17:35
3 Posted 04/03/2017 at 09:32:09
If this fight was four or five years ago, I would have to say Haye, but he has hardly fought in those five years so Bellew has a good chance the longer the fight goes.
I want Tony to win, not because he is a Blue but because he is the boxer tonight who has a heart and bottle and will not give in without a real go. I'm not sure Haye has the heart for a real fight; when fighting for the 'Richest Prize in Sport' against the Ukrainian, he never threw a punch and blamed a sore toe for his defeat: pathetic excuse.
Against Tony is the fact he always gets caught... and Haye can punch. Come on, Tony, shut him up for good, because if Haye loses this, he is finished in boxing.
4 Posted 04/03/2017 at 09:47:44
I hope Tony does a number on him because Haye has been a disgrace in the build up to this fight, saying you'll knock someone out is one thing, but saying you'll cabbage them is another.
5 Posted 04/03/2017 at 10:18:54
6 Posted 04/03/2017 at 10:45:50
So the longer it goes, imo, the better chance Bomber has.
If he can stay out of the way of 'hayemakers' for 4 rounds (as his team should be instructing him to) he could find himself in front of a much less imposing figure.
I'm old enough to remember Haye V Thompson and the hype was very similar at the time.
Haye had banged out his first 10 (puddins all) and this was going to be number 11 - for the IBO world cruiserweight title.
The Champ was Carl Thompson a very limited, rather shy, but very tough/strong lad from Lancashire.
For the first couple of rounds Haye couldn't miss Thompson and wobbled him three or four times, the fight was in the bag.
Except..Carl wouldn't go down.
And then halfway through the third Haye starts to look like he's in a trance.
Now he's throwing single shots and they're missing or having no effect at all.
Thompson begins to land at will and in the fifth knocks Haye on his arse.
He got up but had to be rescued a minute later.
Haye came into the ring looking (as he will tonight) like a lilo with a bit too much air in it.
Carl Thompson basically let the lilo bounce around for a bit, then shoved a ciggy into it.
And remember, that was a 13 years younger and a much lighter Haye.
COME ON BOMBER!!!
And I hope kopite Derry Matthews wins as he provided some of the funniest comments I've ever heard at a 'presser.'
"I don't wanna knock you out lad, I wanna bladder you...coz you're a fuckin' bell-end."
7 Posted 04/03/2017 at 10:59:06
That said, I have to say I think Haye will win. However, I hope I'm wrong and Tony sparks this gobshite clean out.
Strangely enough, everyone in this City who wants Bellew to lose seems to be a red. And they call us bitter.
8 Posted 04/03/2017 at 11:14:13
9 Posted 04/03/2017 at 11:16:19
Talking to my mates on Monday, they wanted Tony to lose for the simple reason Tony is a Blue... ridiculous, well to a real boxing fan, it is silly.
10 Posted 04/03/2017 at 11:39:02
Don't forget, though, Tony can take a shot. When Illunga hit him with the left hand, I was up out of my seat ready to leave the ground. Admittedly he was slightly off balance but it was a solid shot.
Point is, Tony gets up; Haye won't. If it comes down to heart, there is only one winner. 18/1 Paddy Power rounds 7-12.
11 Posted 04/03/2017 at 12:27:13
Come on, Tony, get past 4 rounds and, as Eugene says, the partying will catch up on him.
12 Posted 04/03/2017 at 12:37:01
Don't know why you think Haye will put a stone on in 32 hours, Eugene, but I hope you're right, and also hope Tony Bellow's massive heart comes through once again.
13 Posted 04/03/2017 at 12:41:05
Think Joey 'the jab' Singleton was a Red too, but he comes a very close second to Conteh on my all-time favourite Liverpool boxers list.
Football doesn't really come into it for me. Obviously Bomber being a massive vocal Blue, he's deffo going to get my support, but if he was any Scouser fighting Haye, he'd have my backing.
That said, when push did come to shove ('The Nark In The Park') I was in the big tent in Stanley Park rooting for Neary to burst Holligan.
14 Posted 04/03/2017 at 12:51:01
15 Posted 04/03/2017 at 12:54:03
16 Posted 04/03/2017 at 13:03:18
A great Liverpool fighter and a Blue, but didn't shout from the rooftops about it, was Harry Scott, a middleweight who bear Rubin Carter and took other world class fighters all the way, Harry always and I mean always gave you your money's worth, a rough tough boxer / fighter who never gave his opponents a minutes peace in the ring; great in the ring and out of it, like a lot of boxers, a thorough gentleman.
He told me a story of when he was training at Goodison Park for a fight, part of his routine was running backwards, he was doing this one day and noicetd some of the Everton players walking around by the players tunnel. Harry was in awe of his idols, and kept on running backwards while looking at them, and he said "I went over the wall at the Stanley Park End, I picked myself up, felt like a real divi, but luckily the players never noticed."
I loved going The Stadium on a Thursday night, not as good as going to see the Blues but not all that far behind, and some of the amateur boxing and boxers were great to watch as well.
17 Posted 04/03/2017 at 13:30:27
It might be wishful thinking on my part, but that 'cut' torso suggests possible dehydration (which is painful and sapping) and when in boxing weight is talked about, weight usually equals water.
Rehydrated feels better than dehydrated and many fighters (now) make huge weight jumps between weigh-in and first bell simply because they can and you feel better.
Gatti apparently used to regularly put back 20 lb in water in 24 hours.
Canello (according to Khan) put on about 30 lb before their bout which I don't believe for a second, but if you dismiss 16 pound of that as exaggeration, that's still a stone.
Why do some do it and not others?
Because some are fighting at their natural weight, others aren't.
But why would heavyweights give a shit?
With no limit, most wouldn't, but if you want to show off your lovely muscles at the weigh-in..
18 Posted 04/03/2017 at 17:06:29
That's where I get some of my hope from (along with the Thompson fight), that Bellew rides the storm and clips him in an exchange when he's burnt off a lot of energy. One of those glancing clips across the top of the head that doesn't look that damaging but scrambles the mind and sends the legs to jelly is what I keep imagining or hoping.
I understand why Haye is the favourite but with the amount of emotion coming from Haye it looks like it could be a repeat performance of that Chisora fight and five/six years later, no real competitive action since and inactivity could go in Bellew's favour.
Anyway, I just want Bellew to win and if it's true Haye is angry with the heavyweight scene (Joshua and Briggs) imagine how he'll feel if he looses to Bellew and although I found it quite funny at the time he might regret the 'it's like going to a knife fight with a floppy dildo' remark amongst many other things he's said.
There's nothing like a good boxing match.
Good luck, Bomber.
19 Posted 04/03/2017 at 17:27:49
20 Posted 04/03/2017 at 17:32:16
21 Posted 04/03/2017 at 20:03:08
However, Bellew has the heart of a lion, and Haye's hands are in a bad state, and as the fight goes on, those paws will be hurting badly. Please stay away from that muppet early doors Tony, and knock him out.
Incidentally, his comments regarding damaging his opponent is surely bringing the sport into disrepute, especially with the brain injuries we have seen recently.
22 Posted 04/03/2017 at 20:18:09
23 Posted 04/03/2017 at 20:26:44
He was not far from 17 st at the weigh in. Carl Froch, who has sparred with Tony, says that he can be elusive in the ring when he chooses.
Come on, Bomber lad!
24 Posted 04/03/2017 at 20:36:53
25 Posted 04/03/2017 at 20:43:01
The big question is whether Tony can stick to the gameplan and fight clever rather than fight mad.
I hope he does it because Haye, as Tony points out quite often, is a disgrace to the sport of boxing and is only getting in that ring because he's skint. He's a coward as well!
26 Posted 04/03/2017 at 20:55:57
27 Posted 04/03/2017 at 20:57:01
Like most governing body's in sport though, they are completely impotent and are only interested the money.
28 Posted 04/03/2017 at 21:10:08
29 Posted 04/03/2017 at 21:10:29
30 Posted 04/03/2017 at 21:27:14
31 Posted 04/03/2017 at 21:41:04
32 Posted 04/03/2017 at 21:50:47
34 Posted 04/03/2017 at 21:59:40
35 Posted 04/03/2017 at 22:20:35
36 Posted 04/03/2017 at 22:31:38
37 Posted 04/03/2017 at 22:32:09
38 Posted 04/03/2017 at 22:36:46
It carries risk, certainly, but grown men relish that, or should if they want to be properly grown up.
39 Posted 04/03/2017 at 22:40:39
Boxing has its critics but, since I was small, I've loved the sport. Never fought myself, wasn't good enough, but boxing brings a discipline to thousands of young kids all over the world, gives them somewhere to go a few nights a week, they learn to box and how to defend themselves.
They are also learn respect for their opponents and how to behave properly around people by genuine trainers who give up their time to train boys, who make lifelong friends at their own club and boys who they fight.
Got to go now, Phil, the fight is about to start very soon... only on the radio but brings back many happy memories of days from long ago, like Turpin on the night he beat the great Sugar Ray Robinson.
After all that, I hope you wasn't winding me up.
40 Posted 04/03/2017 at 22:47:04
41 Posted 04/03/2017 at 22:51:54
42 Posted 04/03/2017 at 22:54:14
43 Posted 04/03/2017 at 23:11:41
44 Posted 04/03/2017 at 23:12:06
45 Posted 04/03/2017 at 23:18:56
Eighth round, slowed down, Haye trying to draw Bellew forward, but Tony is too cagey. Bell's gone.
Bellew is in charge, just has to last the next four rounds, both tired.
46 Posted 04/03/2017 at 23:27:16
Bellew well ahead, just has to stay out of trouble to win. Come on, Tony, but praise to Haye for his courage.
Referee talking to Bellew, Haye can hardly move his leg but is staying on. Another round for Bellew, Haye is turning his back on Bellew.
47 Posted 04/03/2017 at 23:32:19
48 Posted 04/03/2017 at 23:32:32
49 Posted 04/03/2017 at 23:32:37
Both boxers embrace each other and Bellew helps Haye back to his corner.
A great fight according to the radio, could be a rematch.
50 Posted 04/03/2017 at 23:32:42
51 Posted 04/03/2017 at 23:33:37
52 Posted 04/03/2017 at 23:33:55
53 Posted 04/03/2017 at 23:42:04
Jamie Carragher apparently seen up raving for Bellew, total Evertonian deep down is Carragher.
54 Posted 04/03/2017 at 23:44:34
55 Posted 04/03/2017 at 23:45:09
56 Posted 04/03/2017 at 23:46:03
57 Posted 04/03/2017 at 23:49:50
Always gets the hairs up on the back of the neck.
Now do it tomorrow, boys...
58 Posted 04/03/2017 at 23:50:39
A guy says he wants to kill you and you help him back to his corner – yeah right, human nature!
59 Posted 04/03/2017 at 23:56:24
And what did our Tony say before the fight?
60 Posted 04/03/2017 at 23:56:39
Bellew is a class act, and Haye, love him or loathe him, is a hard bastard, which is why Tony helped him back to his corner the guy just fought for 6 rounds with what appeared to be a ruptured achilles tendon in a sport where people can easily be killed.
If you don't understand that, you don't know anything about sport or boxing.
61 Posted 04/03/2017 at 00:02:20
I don't know why because I couldn't fight to save my life.
...or maybe I could . Who knows?
But one thing I'm totally sure of is that those who criticise boxing and call it barbaric etc etc do not understand life.
62 Posted 04/03/2017 at 00:03:05
What did he say?
63 Posted 05/03/2017 at 00:03:30
64 Posted 05/03/2017 at 00:04:05
Top man. Let's hope the blues make it a double tomorrow.
65 Posted 04/03/2017 at 00:07:00
66 Posted 04/03/2017 at 00:07:58
I was looking forward to this fight all week.
For me it's Everton FC, then boxing, then horse racing / other football in that order of priority and importance.
Listened to it on Radio 5Live. Congratulations to Tony Bellew.
Great preparation and tactics. To have a win over David Haye on your record is an amazing achievement. Superb heart, belief and sportsmanship.
Hairs on the back of my neck when Z-Cars played.
Come on, you Mighty Blues.
67 Posted 05/03/2017 at 00:07:59
Forget the pre-fight trash-talk.
68 Posted 05/03/2017 at 00:32:23
Dave Coldwell (it seems) understood that Haye would/could be very dangerous early on, but also knew that if Bellew could keep out of range for the first half of the fight, Haye would be blowing for tugs after 4/5 rounds..and vulnerable.
After the 4th (as with Carl Thompson 13 years earlier) you could see a look in Haye's eyes that said, 'What the fuck do I do now?'
He was virtually defenceless after 7 or 8.
By the way, I watched the bill in The Coffee House, Wavertree fucking great atmosphere.
Come on, Bomber and..up the Toffees!!
69 Posted 05/03/2017 at 00:36:46
70 Posted 05/03/2017 at 00:40:20
71 Posted 05/03/2017 at 00:41:16
72 Posted 05/03/2017 at 00:46:41
I've never liked David Haye, some of his comments about boxing have been disrespectful to the sport that made him rich.
I've always found him to be a bit of a gobshite with his arrogant trash talk before fights. It was nice change to see another fighter actually rattle him before going in to the ring. Tony's probably the first fighter I've seen get the edge over Haye in the mind games, but fair play to Haye for carrying on, he's gone up in my estimation after tonight. It was good to see the sportsmanship between the two after it was stopped. Haye was very gracious in defeat.
What a weekend if the Blues can do the double in London tomorrow.
73 Posted 05/03/2017 at 00:57:02
The boy needs to take a leaf out of Tony Bellew and David Haye's book of shivalry and magnanimous diplomacy.
75 Posted 05/03/2017 at 01:17:27
Tony on top for the 2nd half of the fight and I was just waiting for the KO. Right decision to throw the towel in.
Don't think the bomber could bang with Parker or Wilde though at heavy. The weight caught up with Tony after Round 8 so I would focus on cruiserweight unification if he wants a legacy. Heavyweight will no doubt pay more...
76 Posted 05/03/2017 at 01:54:08
So exhausting to match. And then it's back to us tomorrow.
77 Posted 05/03/2017 at 01:58:30
There will be a re-match, and I wouldn't be surprised if it was at Goodison.
78 Posted 05/03/2017 at 02:19:03
79 Posted 05/03/2017 at 03:58:46
I don't like Haye, but he redeemed himself some at the end. No excuses, the better man won. Haye also showed some heart in not giving up after Round 6.
Now let's go thump Spurs today. COYB and well done, Tony.
80 Posted 05/03/2017 at 06:55:58
First, Congrats to Bellew. Good on him. Wondered if he could withstand Hayes's bombs.
Second, just finished watching the Welterweight Champion unification fight between Thurman and Garcia. Solid fighters both. What stood out was that neither had an inside fighting game. Not once in 12 rounds did either try to get in close and stay there. Not once in a unification bout.
I know I'm being the "Why back in my day..." guy here, but Leonard, Duran, Hearns too, had an inside game. Among all their ring skills, they could sit in there tight and fight. Both Thurman and Garcia would have been blown out.
Anyway, if anyone's still reading, here's an 18-19 minute look at the master boxer Roberto Duran plying his trade getting in close and staying there against the terrific welterweight Carlos Palomino:
81 Posted 05/03/2017 at 07:06:57
In fact, he actually looked like he'd had a couple of tequilas with the way he was wildly swinging and missing. Imagine what Joshua would have done to Haye!
Tony Bellew shows what heart and desire can get you; you don't have to be the fastest, strongest or have a body like Adonis. Made up for him.
82 Posted 05/03/2017 at 07:40:17
Glory for the Bomber... wonderful to see him, arms raised in victory with Z-Cars blasting out.
COYB. Let's make this weekend's dual raid on London one to remember!
83 Posted 05/03/2017 at 08:02:09
Boxing is a brutal sport. I've only boxed at school level but when you enter the ring you completely expose yourself to your opponent and the crowd if there's is one. When the bell goes, that alone is enough to earn respect for each other, never mind what comes afterwards you understand that when you're a teenager never mind at this level, which is stratospeheres above.
The trash talk before a fight is just that Talk. It's there to try and build a psychological advantage over your opponent and in the big fight case draw punters in to watch the show which whether you watched it or not worked to an extent with you given how it appears to have got under your skin. You do have cases where there is genuine animosity between fighters but, on the whole, the pantomime that goes on outside of the ring has nothing to do with what goes on in it.
You might be a boxer yourself, I don't know. If you're not, go to your local club and offer to spar for two rounds and at the end of that you might understand why you'd help someone back to his corner regardless of what they've said before the fight. I seriously recommend it if you've never done it because if you haven't well, you're just talk, aren't you?
Congratulations to Tony Bellew for a great win last night and to David Haye for bringing such an enthralling fight to the ring. I had Haye on top for the first half and Tony on top after that so as it wore on thought it would be a tight points decision with Haye probably coming through as the winner, so I was slightly amazed but completely thrilled when I saw the towel float into the ring. Brilliant. Bellew was the outsider but having him at 5/1 last night was outrageous I cashed in and many other Blues will have done too. Fingers crossed the same scenario will play out again today.
Well done Tony, enjoy the match today and fingers crossed your performance will inspire our boys on how to bring down a supposedly superior opponent and still show your class throughout.
84 Posted 05/03/2017 at 08:13:58
Anyone who ever ducked under a rope has got courage. Credit to Haye for his response to the injury. Our boy did us all proud. Heart of a lion.
I don't have the words that would do justice to the performance he put on tonight. The way he stood and exchanged what Haye in the early rounds set the fight up for him.
You could see Hayes mindset change after that. He should go back down to cruiser now although there probably won't be the same money.
Hats off to a great fighter a great blue and a great man. Hope one or two of you took the 18/1 I mentioned yesterday afternoon.
85 Posted 05/03/2017 at 08:52:28
I don't bother reading into the pre-fight stuff. It's WWE and UFC style showmanship to sell the fight. With very few exceptions, boxers will have respect for anyone who has the balls to step into the ring.
On the fight, the injury obviously mattered but, once it went to five or six rounds, the pattern was established anyway. Haye with a puncher's chance. Bellew making the running. Struggled to put him away for a few rounds but largely stayed smart and out of range.
I'd hope there's no rematch and Bellew could go and dominate the Cruiserweight division. That said, if there's money then go and make it while you can. No-one can begrudge him earning.
86 Posted 05/03/2017 at 08:55:35
A great description of how boxing and boxers operate. I've seen old men in town talking about the fights they had, in the ring, 50 years before. Boxing has its faults but creates a friendship that lasts as well.
Made up for Tony Bellew but massive praise for Haye, who proved me and others wrong, I thought he would fold when the going got tough; he didn't... he got going instead. He had a great heart last night and he and Tony Bellew produced an epic fight that will be talked about for years.
I envy everyone who watched the fight especially those that were there what an atmosphere.
87 Posted 05/03/2017 at 09:03:59
88 Posted 05/03/2017 at 09:06:40
Dave (#39) Eamonn Andrews, W Barrington Daulby, Raymond Glendenning... Even your kitchen seemed to be full of smoke and atmosphere.
89 Posted 05/03/2017 at 09:13:55
90 Posted 05/03/2017 at 09:27:09
Hope it goes to season ticket holders first!
91 Posted 05/03/2017 at 09:31:10
What a fight. Written off by pretty much everybody, with no chance, he came through it. Yes, the ankle injury to Haye helped but he had taken some big shots before that occurred. Showed the heart of a lion. Showed class in the embrace and post fight chat with Haye. Haye recognised Tony's quality as a fighter and human being too.
I hope he doesn't return to a rematch though. This is the past now.
Just need a victory at Spurs now to complete the weekend.
92 Posted 05/03/2017 at 09:33:32
It was interesting post-fight that Haye didn't blame his ankle but said the best man won. Was this magnanimous humility or was he hoping for a rematch, which he went on to mention 3 or 4 times?
If I was Tony, I would avoid a rematch- it would just be about the money. I suspect that Haye will struggle to fight again. His toe against Klitschko, and now his ankle/Achilles against Bellew.
His body is letting him down- he may have looked chiselled, but his heavy weight suggests everything was geared to getting it over in 4. The rumours about the ankle prior to the bout suggest that all was not right for Haye, but I suspect his need to pay the bills, and all of his entourage, forced him to go ahead with the fight in the hope that he could despatch Bellew before the problem got worse.
Who knows? Haye might have racked up enough early rounds to nick it on points. Bellew certainly started to look tired carrying his extra weight.
I hope Tony goes back to cruiserweight where he looks good.
93 Posted 05/03/2017 at 09:38:38
It really was a truly memorable night and both fighters deserve a huge amount of credit. It looked like it was Haye's ankle that went, probably his Achilles, but Bellew had taken some big shots before Haye's injury and not been shaken. Both fighters showed tremendous heart.
I hope Bellew drops back down to cruiserweight, but the big money is in the heavyweight division, so I expect he'll be tempted into a Haye re-match or maybe a shot at Parker.
94 Posted 05/03/2017 at 10:48:00
95 Posted 05/03/2017 at 10:53:45
Like many people I presume, I have had my fair share of boxing over the years due to one thing or another but never in a professional environment, (once or twice as a very small boy in primary school) and I won't be going to a gym to experience boxing thank you very much for lots of reasons!
I very much agree that it is indeed a brutal sport, and not one I have had much interest in over the years. There are a couple of young guys (mid 20s) I know who train hard and do this cage fighting UFC stuff, that seems even more brutal than boxing.
I also know people in the travelling community who settle scores with fist fights – I'm told these fights can go on for hours! It may prove you can take a hit and dig one out but are you a better man in life than the next guy, for me No – for them it absolutely does.
Anyway I do not agree that calling people from a particular area "retards" and telling your opponent you are going to kill him (for his wife and small children to hear that) is simply trash talk. If Haye had won this fight, what do you think he would have said – more trash talk right?
Me, and I appreciate everyone is different, but I wouldn't be helping a guy back to their corner who had said stuff like that. The stuff Haye was saying crossed the line even in trash talk terms and you know it probably inspired Bellew even more.
What Haye should be saying is "Me and my trainor got it totally wrong and we were too big for our boots – I said some not so very nice things before this fight and I apologise for that – it was bang out of order."
It's never going to happen I know, but then I might respect him. The only reason Haye was gracious in his defeat is because he had to be by the way, nothing to do with being a ring warrior .
In professional terms I have been reading this morning that Haye had been training on a boat in America – I have never heard that before – surely an experienced guy like Barry McGuigan would not be encouraging that.
Over here in Ireland people in boxing circles are saying Shane McGuigan and his Da have been liking the limelight on Sky a little too much and have been taking their eye off the ball.
Apparently Carl Frampton's latest fight in Vegas was agreed on the basis of a 100% guarantee there would be the third and final boxing match in Belfast if he lost it (which he did) and it looks like it's not going to happen, in Belfast anyway. If it doesn't the relationship between boxer and trainer will come to an end, boxing people are saying.
It was a nice touch from Bellew when he said he was hoping to see the Chairman (who hasn't been well, I think he said). So very happy the better man won, and I hope if Bellew does make it to the match today, he will pop into the dressing room beforehand.
Come on Everton.
96 Posted 05/03/2017 at 10:59:14
On helping Haye back to his corner, maybe he showed more respect than his pre-match comments deserved, but it would follow a fairly straight-forward philosophy and one that I'm trying to teach my kids. You can't control how other people behave, but you control how you behave. Maybe he was just setting the right example. What would be gained from doing anything to the contrary?
97 Posted 05/03/2017 at 12:06:22
Tony was far more controlled than I had expected and I am made up for him but, at the same time, worried about his next fight. I can't see him going back down to cruiserweight and it sounds like he is after a final big pay day in the heavies. Wilder is too big and hits too hard for Tony and thank the Lord he has already ruled out Joshua for those reasons.
He wouldn't get near to Klitschko if he boxes on after the Joshua fight apart from Haye again I don't see a heavyweight fight where Tony could sensibly have a go. I'm not underestimating his courage and ability but am seriously concerned that he will get carried away with this and take on someone who could do him serious damage.
I know most people thought Haye might do that but Haye to me fought a strange fight from the start with a leaning forward style which was never going to give him leverage for a big punch. I do wonder if he was hampered by the Achilles from the very start?
Not to detract from what Tony did, however a great night and very well done!!
98 Posted 05/03/2017 at 12:57:46
You make a good point, but I guess at the end of the day we are all different and our parents and their parents probably do influence the person we become.
If I had ever called anyone a retard my Father would have made sure I never did so again and then I would have had to face my Mother.
If someone had ever treated our family or a member of his family with disrespect he would take issue with it. Perhaps it is the reason I don't like boxing!
99 Posted 09/03/2017 at 12:41:44
When I joined the military, the PTI happily announced that "Everybody will box". We got paired off according to size and I ended up in the ring with the West Midlands junior champion.
Of course being outclassed, I got slapped around for a bit till I thought "Enough is enough." I then kicked the twat in the nuts and he went down like a sack of shit. Got a real beasting from the PTI but worth it.
100 Posted 09/03/2017 at 13:32:18
Bellew knew exactly what he had to do and he did it right. Taking one or two glancing shots and firing back well. Yes it may have gone to a decision if not for the injury but we will never know.
Bellew looked like the bigger stronger man although he weighed in less than Haye. Bellew just looked to be more confident going in.
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