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By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thanks and goodbye

    And that is where we will leave this live page.

    It has been another great day in the career of Tony Bellew, but where now for David Haye?

    Thanks for joining us and until next time, bye for now.

  2. Bellew stops Haye in fifth round - read the report

    Bellew wins

    Tony Bellew produced an explosive performance to land a stunning second stoppage win in 14 months over David Haye at London's O2 Arena.

    The Liverpool fighter looked at his very best as he evaded a Haye attack in round three before landing a superb left hook and right hand to floor his rival.

    A second knockdown followed moments later and Bellew - the underdog with bookmakers, as he was in the previous fight - delivered a pin-point left hand in the fifth to again send Haye down.

    Haye nodded to acknowledge the shot and rose, only to be placed under intense attack, prompting referee Howard Foster to stop the fight, sending Bellew racing to the corner of the ring in celebration.

    Bellew, 35, looked overjoyed and close to tears as he surely ended a rivalry which had been a focal point in British boxing for more than 18 months.

    Haye, 37, admitted he needed a spectacular win to prolong his career but surely now the former world heavyweight and cruiserweight champion has nowhere to turn.

  3. 'What a performance'

    Everton are quick to praise the achievements of their biggest fan.

  4. ‘I’m so confused’

    Luke Reddy

    BBC Sport at the O2 Arena in London


    “You don’t understand what this man has been through,” says Tony Bellew’s trainer Dave Coldwell.

    Bellew turns up and thoughts turn to his late brother-in-law Ashley: “I’m just so confused. My mind is going everywhere. I just fight. I’m born this way. I can get in the ring. Everyday I’ve spent in the gym.

    “I’ve always studied the legends who fight on the inside. These big men don’t fight inside these days. I knew he could knock me out at mid-range.

    “Dave was telling me David wanted to end it with a left hook. No man knocks me out with that shot, it’s impossible.”

  5. Post update

    Luke Reddy

    BBC Sport at the O2 Arena in London

    Boxing is a strange old sport.

    The atmosphere was hot but far from boiling over before both men walked in. By round two the whole place was absolutely gripped, eyes glued, hands over faces, you name it.

    Then we see shots from Tony Bellew which will one day decorate his retirement highlight reel. People are stunned, in awe and generally just blown away by what he served up.

    What more can you say about him? A doorman who boxed before shifts and he's now gone on and landed not only another huge pay day but a win which just underlines how good - and under appreciated - he is.

  6. Morning analysis? No problem...

    Luke Reddy

    BBC Sport at the O2 Arena in London

    Costello and Bunce

    Steve Bunce and Mike Costello have already started the analysis which you can listen to in a podcast tomorrow morning. The BBC Radio 5 live team will stay up all night so it’s ready for when you wake up.

    They are hugely impressed with Tony Bellew and can’t see any way back for David Haye.

  7. Get Andre Ward out of retirement for Bellew?

    Andre Ward

    Who will Tony Bellew fight next is the big question.

    The 'Bomber' has admitted that he "likes the Andre Ward fight."

    The two starred in the Rocky spin off Creed together and Ward retired in September 2017 with a perfect record of 32 wins from 32 fights.

    If Eddie Hearn can tempt the two-weight world champion out of retirement, the fight would likely happen at cruiserweight.

    Can Hollywood be played out in real life?

  8. Wilder fight 'will happen', says Joshua

    World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has just been talking about a potential unification fight with American Deontay Wilder.

    "The fight is going to happen, potentially 95% this year," Joshua tells Sky Sports Box Office.

    "It is just the devil in the detail, I'm really interested. You can't just offer me a buy-out fee, I want to build this fight to its full potential.

    "I have worked really hard and I want it in the UK, and vice versa they want it in America, but I'm really interested in that fight."

  9. 'The truth was in the ring'

    Steve Bunce

    BBC Radio 5 live boxing pundit at the O2 Arena

    If I hear anybody in the Haye camp tell me tonight that there is still plenty of options, they need to be booed down.

    You can answer questions about how he got pinged. He doesn't need to watch a tape to tell us why he was exhausted. You don't watch a tape to know that. You can watch a million tapes, the truth was in the ring.

  10. 'A shame someone had to lose'

    Jay from the Inbetweeners (otherwise known as actor James Buckley) has been playing a part in the rather random build-up, turning up (in character) at the press conference on Thursday.

    For his efforts he got some decent seats, as you can see in the link below.

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  11. 'I don't need that problem'

    Tony Bellew is asked if he will fight Anthony Joshua.

    "No, it will never happen. Six foot five with energy and speed, I don't need that problem," replies Bellew on Sky Sports Box Office.

    So, that's the end of that.

    Remember, he is the Emeritus Champion by the WBC at cruiserweight level, so will be guaranteed to fight for a cruiserweight world title, which he has previously held, at any time he wants to.

    Could that be next for Bellew? Who knows? The Tony Bellew story is not finished yet.

  12. 'Father Time comes to us all'

    Former Olympic gold medallist and heavyweight boxer Audley Harrison has had his say.

    BBC Sport app users may need to click on the link to see the tweet.

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  13. 'Tony Bellew was the better man'

    Where next for David Haye? He has been talking to Sky Box Office: "Tony boxed a great fight. He did some really clever stuff. He boxed really good. I didn't, plain and simple. He had a great game plan and I had no answer.

    "I enjoyed the battle as tough as it was. We are a similar stature and that's why we put on a great fight. David Coldwell is a great coach, a great man and Tony Bellew, I take my hat off to him.

    "We were going for the knockout and we gave you fireworks and I'm glad we gave everyone a good fight and a good night.

    "You have to let your fists do the talking, it didn't go my way even though I'm fully healthy. I'm taking nothing away from Tony Bellew. He was the better man."

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  14. 'Each night I've cried'

    An emotional Tony Bellew says: "I just want to say I lost my brother-in-law in August and I swear to God he was watching me and he was there with me tonight for every punch, Ashley that was for you. I miss him so much. I'm broke.

    "All week I've been on my own in the hotel and each night I've cried, I'm a bit emotional all I can think about is him.

    "David Haye is an amazing fighter, he just got caught in a slugfest. He's a great fighter, he has got crazy power but speed and power always decreases. He is a legend, a credit to the sport and I'm just happy I've got the win against the odds.

    "It's been a great journey. Who's next? I don't know. I am a walking Super Series. Every fight I'm in is a Super Series. I need that mega star."

  15. Post update

    It is an emotional Tony Bellew, who says he has been crying every night in his hotel following the death of brother-in-law Ashley Roberts in August.

  16. Post update

    Anthony Joshua embraces Tony Bellew. Both men are friends so it is highly unlikely they will ever share a boxing ring together, but the respect is there for all to see.

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    Andrew Priestley: ..and there sails David Haye off into retirement. He was battered tonight, absolutely battered.

  18. Post update

    Where next for David Haye? He is a two-weight world champion but you just can't beat time.

    His body, as it did last March, gave up on him. Surely there is no way back for Haye now.

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