After losing world light-heavyweight title fights against Adonis Stevenson and Nathan Cleverly, he won the WBC cruiserweight title previous year in circumstances that strongly recalled his acting debut.
Bellew claimed an 11th round win over an injury-stricken Haye, who was also hampered by a suspected Achilles injury from the sixth round onwards, with the former WBA world heavyweight champion's trainer Shane McGuigan throwing in the towel.
After his 11th round victory over David Haye, Tony Bellew said he has beaten one of the best boxers the United Kingdom has ever produced. "I could see him physically deteriorating round by round", Bellew told Sky Sports News HQ. "It's more than likely that fans' first reaction to such a notion will be one of disbelief and cynicism; after all, Wilder, at 6'7" would dwarf Bellew and out-weigh him by a huge margin.
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As Haye recovers from damage to the right achilles tendon and wrenched knee that crippled him in the sixth round and will nearly certainly confine him to the comforting warmth of Miami for the rest of the year, Bellew contemplates a future rich with possibilities, none of which seem capable of turning his head.
Hearn said at a press conference after the fight at London's O2 Arena.
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Life imitated art when Bellew got to fight for the vacant WBC crown in front of his home fans at Goodison Park, home of his beloved Everton Football Club, in May a year ago. Wilder is making $1 to $1.5 million a fight.
Tony Bellew has been priced like winning isn't an option, but the market seems to have been harsh on the fiery Scouser. "I could bring Parker or Wilder to the United Kingdom to fight Tony Bellew without any shadow of a doubt".
Throughout the build-up to the fight in the UK, Haye had made promises to be the one sending Bellew to the hospital after the fight. "I'm just happy David's home and healthy and safe", Bellew said.
Bellew holds all the aces after this victory and may choose a rematch, knowing it could earn him a lot of money.
Haye was surrounded by his concerned team, but Bellew burst through to check on his fellow fighter. "I wanted to do a demolition job but this guy has got the heart of a lion". All this nonsense, this circus is going to keep following me around and believe it or not I don't like it and I'm actually starting to hate it.