David Haye refuses to confirm retirement after Tony Bellew defeat and admits he lost to better fighter

The 37-year-old Londoner was brushed aside inside five rounds by his Liverpudlian opponent at London's O2 Arena.

It was his second defeat by Bellew following the loss last year, and before the fight Haye said if he lost this time he'd retire.

But in his post-fight interview, Haye said: "I don’t know [if I will retire], it didn’t feel that great in there tonight, I’ll have to review the tape.

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"It’s all fun really, I take my hat off to him. After having these rounds, getting back in there, I was bettered by the better man.

"Tony boxed a great fight. He boxed a great game-plan and I couldn’t quite make it happen.

“Everything happens for a reason. He’s a great champion and I enjoyed the battle.

“Tony Bellew is definitely my nemesis. It didn’t feel great in there and I’ll have to see the tapes to see what went wrong.

“He boxed a great fight, I didn’t.”

Bellew revealed his grief at losing his brother-in-law in the build up to the fight.

He said: “I’ve been my own all week. Each night I’ve cried.

“He's has been on my mind since August, I miss him so much."


"I've been a mess, I'm emotional, it's over and I just need to be left alone for a bit.

"You just have to get through it, I'm messed up but we're going to get through it as a family.

"I left an empty seat tonight, I left an empty seat and I was with him."

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