Bellew vs Haye 2: David Haye yet to make a decision on future after rematch defeat by Tony Bellew
By Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 06/05/18 9:41am
David Haye is yet to make a decision about retirement, despite his second successive defeat to Tony Bellew in their heavyweight rematch.
The 37-year-old had suggested he would call time on his career if he did not win the second fight emphatically, and was floored three times before being stopped again by Bellew in the fifth round at The O2.
But Haye insisted he firstly needed to review footage of the fight before considering his boxing future.
Asked if he would retire, Haye said: "I don't know. It didn't feel that great in there tonight.
"I'll have to review the tapes and see exactly what went wrong, but Tony Bellew boxed a fantastic fight.
"Dave Coldwell, I gave him stick in the build-up, but he's a great coach, a great man, and it's all fun really. Tony Bellew, I take my hat off to him, boxed a great fight, and I didn't. Plain and simple.
Haye appeared to injure his right leg again, just as he did in the first stoppage loss, although he dismissed questions about his fitness.
"No, I'm fully healthy," he said. "Tony was the better fighter. He did what he needed to do to get the win.
"Taking nothing away from Tony Bellew. Better man on the night. I'll have to review the fight, review the tape, and see exactly where I went wrong. What feels like went wrong, was Tony was better tonight."
Any ill-feeling towards Bellew was set aside by Haye as he gave credit to his conqueror.
Tony was the better man. He boxed a great game-plan, and I couldn't quite get to it.
"Tony boxed a great fight, he really did," said Haye. "He done some really clever stuff in there. I couldn't quite get off. He was boxing very good, and I didn't. Plain and simple.
"Tony was the better man. He boxed a great game-plan, and I couldn't quite get to it. I couldn't quite make it happen, and you know, everything happens for a reason, and he was victorious tonight. He was the better boxer."