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David Haye: Bellew ‘without question the deserved winner’

David Haye has publicly congratulated Tony Bellew after Bellew beat him again.

David Haye v Tony Bellew Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Following Saturday’s TKO-5 rematch loss to Tony Bellew, David Haye took to social media to congratulate his rival and show a more humble side of his bombastic personality.

“We promised the rematch would be another epic battle, and despite not getting the outcome I so desired, it certainly lived up to the hype,” Haye said on Facebook. “Thank you to everyone who packed out The O2 Arena, tuned into Sky Box Office or piled into their local pub to witness it live. The energy in the build-up and as I stepped into the arena in my hometown was something I will never forget.”

Haye (28-4, 26 KO) then turned his attention to Bellew.

“Tony, you are a brilliant dance partner, you proved many doubters wrong and were without question the deserved winner. Your family, friends and those you were fighting in the memory of, should be incredibly proud of their ‘Bomber.’ Congratulations, Champ.”

Haye, 37, said previously that he would retire if he lost to Bellew a second time, but the veteran former cruiserweight and heavyweight titleholder hasn’t made any announcement on that topic. He said after the fight that he’d review the tapes to see what went wrong, and go from there.