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This weekend we had an entertaining handful of shows, but the most memorable talking point will be Tony Bellew upsetting the odds and beating David Haye by TKO in round 11. 

After months of trash talking and warnings from the British Boxing Board of Control, the pair finally met on Sky Box Office last Saturday at the O2 Arena. This turned in to an extremely memorable fight for all the wrong reasons, it was entertaining but the level of fighting was low.

The majority of the nation and myself included had already written Bellew off going into this fight. Haye had come into the fight an entire stone heavier than Bellew which can be the equalizer when roughing each other up close. The bookies had Haye as the 1/4 favourite and 6/1  enhanced for Bellew.

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Before the fight started there was a rumor that Haye had flown to Germany just days prior to fight night to see his medical consultant regarding this infamous Achilles injury as it had come to light that Haye had suffered a slight niggle.

Haye admitted he had been to the doctor but he was given the all clear and dismissed the claims that he was unfit to fight. Bellew embraced his underdog status and knew he was in for a dog fight that would see him digging deep to come out on the other side.

Bellew entered the ring first and seemed calm and collected as he danced and laughed his way into the ring. Haye was far from this as he walked to the ring looking like a man possessed and had every intention of causing serious damage to Bellew. The scouse bomber continued to dance in the ring as Haye walked towards him.

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Despite being the aggressor right away, Haye was unable to find the target early on and was beginning to get frustrated at Bellew’s lack of interaction. The bomber was extremely cautious of the Hayemaker’s power and was able to impressively counter punch his way through and earn the first round in the bag.

Haye continued to pile on the pressure and took the next handful of rounds however this was not the David Haye we have been used to seeing. He was throwing wild bullets and missing drastically, loosing momentum and running out of breath in the meantime.

It appeared Haye was finding his groove and picking off shots as he continued to plaster the face of his lighter opponent until the fight would suffer an incredible change of wind. Absolutely out of nowhere, David Haye threw a punch and as he bounced back down to his stance, he snapped his Achilles.

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You could see the injury right away and Bellew pounced on Haye immediately. The crowd sensed danger for the Hayemaker and he was now down to one leg. Not only was a shocking change it was also quite sad to see a fighter with so much pride battle on in so much pain.

Haye hit the deck after he was pushed down by Bellew but the referee gave it as a knockdown and Haye staggered back to his feet. Haye spent the rest of his time on the ropes as he tried to balance off them as his leg continued to give way.

Despite being crippled and only using one leg, Haye was able to fight off Bellew for a few more rounds and a terrible performance from Bellew allowed Haye to get his rhythm back again. You can only imagine the damage and killer instinct Haye would have had if the shoe was on the other Achilles.

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The 11th round arrived and the atmosphere at the Arena was class. There was a sense that either man could be finished here and it was just a case of who landed first. Bellew continued to pile the pressure and eventually knocked Haye out of the ropes.

The Hayemaker staggered to his feet once again and made the count, only for his trainer Shane McGuigan to throw in the towel and call the fight off. Bellew had upset the odds and had beaten the former two-time world champion.

They embraced each other at the final bell and the feud they had shared in the build up had been forgotten after the pair had shared a magical moment in the ring together. I personally don’t think we will ever see Haye in the ring again as aged 36 he will struggle to shake off this injury again.

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It was a sad state of affairs to see such a proud man be beaten down in such a ruthless way but after the things that had been said in the build up, you feel Haye had got what was coming to him.

Haye has stated he will be chasing the rematch but Bellew is unsure whether he will grant him that wish. The options that Tony Bellew now has are off the scale as he has the option to go back down to cruiserweight and defend his title or continue at heavyweight.

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Five time amateur world champion Katie Taylor was back in action as she floated as the chief support to the main event with a 5th round knockout of Italian fighter Monica Gentili.

She looked impressive once again and got the job done in good fashion and her promoter Eddie Hearn has announced she will be soon fighting for a world title. The only negative you can take from this is a 3 fight female professional novice as chief support to a £16.95 event? That’s cheeky as you like!

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The career of two time world champion Paulie Malignaggi came to a close as he announced his retirement straight after his 8th round defeat to 23-year-old Sam Eggington.

Malignaggi was up on two of the scorecards until he took a crushing left hook to the body and it saw him struggle to catch his breath again. Eggington whipped a left straight to the body of the Italian veteran and celebrated the way he deserved.

Many said this was way too early for the 23 year and it certainly is a step up in class. A very promising start to the year for Eggington and we hope to see him in some more big fighters, however there is certainly no rush.

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Last night we found out whether Ohara Davies really was the real deal he had been made out to be as he faced veteran fighter Derry Mathews. Davies entered the fight as the bookies favourite with an undefeated record, and Mathews had moved up from lightweight to face the Hackney prospect.

Mathews was dispatched fast and hard as Davies showed us he really is an exciting fighter to watch. Davies knocked Mathews down numerous times and the career of Mathews was over as he announced his retirement when the fight finished.

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Fan favourite Dave Allen continued his winning streak as he knocked out 6ft8 heavyweight David Howe. Operation White Rhino was in full force as the Doncaster heavyweight score another fast knockout win.

Dave Allen’s story is quite a positive one after he admitted suffering with depression after his loss to Dillian Whyte. He has since gone on to appear on numerous Matchroom shows and has stated for once in his life he is financially stable and happy.

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Over at the Barclays Centre in New York we saw the highly anticipated unification clash as WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman met WBC champion Danny Garcia as both men put their undefeated records on the line.

Keith Thurman won by a split decision which was slightly questionable as it was clear to most people he was the obvious winner and strange how Garcia picked up a win on one of the scorecards.

This is Garcia’s first professional loss in his boxing career and there was no mention of a rematch for this fight. Even more interestingly enough Garcia’s father and trainer Crazy Angel Garcia has announced he wants his son to retire from boxing.

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A very entertaining weekend for world boxing. The welterweight division was narrowed down and could set up Keith Thurman for an exciting unification clash. Tony Bellew is ranked now as one of the top heavyweights in the world by some organisations and David Haye could be looking at retirement.

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