Golovkin quickly knocked out the words, Bellew defeated Haye

'You can never complain when you have been able to fulfill your childhood dream whether you win, lose or draw.

"David Haye is an incredible fighter", Bellew said of his opponent, who was the WBA heavyweight champion in 2009 having previously been world champion at cruiserweight.

Haye, 37, was stopped in the fifth round of their heavyweight bout at London's O2 Arena.

"He's big, he's elusive and he's fast for a heavyweight but he isn't as fast as David Haye".

Ward, 34, retired with a ideal 32-fight record in September and was regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world having won world titles at super-middleweight and light-heavyweight. He done some really clever stuff in there.

Haye, for the first time anyone could remember, did not attend the post-fight press conference. I didn't, plain and simple.

He is not just a brilliant boxer but a brilliant student of the game. I enjoyed the havoc.

Tony Bellew dedicated his fifth round victory over David Haye to his tragic brother-in-law Ashley after keeping his promise to his "great friend".

"When I sling the left hook inside, you're going out".

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"I didn't feel great in there tonight and I lost to the better man".

"Nobody can say they didn't get a good night's entertainment. I'd love to knock him out", said Bellew.

"All week I've been on my own in the hotel and each night I've cried, I'm a bit emotional all I can think about is him".

"There is only one answer about his future: David Haye should retire". He's a great fighter, he has got insane power but speed and power always decreases.

"I just got off the set for Creed 2 and I'm on my way now to the set for The Contender".

"It's been a great journey".

Asked if he would retire, Haye said: I don't know.

The victor of the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight final between Oleksandr Usyk and Murat Gassiev would be a tantalising prospect with all the belts on the line, but the fight would not offer a huge financial incentive.

The Londoner said he needs to review the fight before making a decision but it will not make pretty viewing. I don't need a man who is about nine foot trying to punch my face in when he's back to his best.

  • Lawrence Cooper