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Tony Bellew stops David Haye earlier in rematch via 5th round TKO

It was repeat at the O2 Arena in London, England as Tony Bellew (29-2-1) faced David Haye (28-3) in a grudge rematch. With Bellew winning the first one somewhat controversially with Haye sustaining an Achilles injury midway through the fight, the proud Evertonian left it in no doubt about who the better fighter is.

Despite a bright start from Haye, finding success with the jab and landing one or two nice rights, Bellew soon found his range and started to land on Haye at will. In Round three, the Liverpudlian broke through, with two big knockdowns of the former champion, Haye being saved by the bell.

Bellew went for the kill and despite Haye surviving the 4th, Bellew found the target again in the fifth round and knocked Haye down for a third time, the referee stopping it shortly after. Despite the result, Haye implied he will be making a return to the ring.

Paul Butler (26-1) faced Emmanuel Rodriguez (17-0) for the vacant IBF world bantamweight title but fell short to a classy Rodriguez, suffering a unanimous decision loss, a performance in which Hearn praised the visitor.

Butler suffered the second loss of his career, the only other being the highly talked about Zolani Tete, whilst Rodriguez kept his perfect record intact with a clinical performance, the scorecards reading (118-108, 120-106, 120-106).

James Tennyson enjoyed a stoppage victory over Martin Joseph Ward with a beautiful combination of punches bringing the fight to an end.

Tennyson had to weather an early storm from Ward including a second round knockdown but found the moment he was looking for when he landed a beautiful right-left combination to knock Ward down and then finished his opponent with an uppercut.

Tennyson claimed the Commonwealth and European featherweight titles in the process.

Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell returned to the ring for the first time in 2018 after a gutsy performance vs modern great Jorge Linares in the back end of last year.

This time, Troy James stood in the way of the Yorkshireman in a newly added six-round bout. In what was a keep-busy fight prior to the talked about rematch with Yvan Mendy in a title eliminator, Campbell stopped the fight in the fifth, with the referee calling a halt to the ‘contest’.

Elsewhere, British heavyweight Joe Joyce claimed the commonwealth title with a second round stoppage over Lenroy ThomasJohn Ryder impressed with an early stoppage of Jamie Cox and standout prospect Joshua Buatsi continued his perfect start to life as a pro with a stoppage win over Stephane Cuevas.

Haye vs Bellew 2 Full Results

Heavyweight bout – Tony Bellew def. David Haye via TKO (R5)

IBF World Bantamweight title bout – Emmanuel Rodriguez def. Paul Butler via decision (Unanimous) – (118-108, 120-106, 120-106)

Commonwealth, EBU European & WBA international Super Featherweight title bout – James Tennyson def. Martin Ward via TKO (R5)

Super Middleweight bout – John Ryder def. Jamie Cox via TKO (R3)

Commonwealth Heavyweight title bout – Joe Joyce def. Lenroy Thomas via TKO (R2)

Light Heavyweight bout – Joshua Buatsi def. Stephane Cuevas via TKO (R5)

Super Featherweight bout – Jordan Gill def. Carl McDonald via decision

Super Lightweight bout – Luke Campbell def. Troy James via TKO (R5)

Light Heavyweight bout – Kody Davies def. Przemyslaw Gorgon via TKO

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