Asked whether he would still be receptive to a call from Eddie Hearn, Bellew's promoter, Ward again dodged the issue and pointed out he had heard nothing more from the Matchroom chief since the idea of a second bout with Carl Froch was floated in 2013.
Haye was eventually stopped on the ropes and Bellew's emotions took over as he dedicated the fight to his partner Rachael's brother, Ashley Roberts, who died past year while on holiday in Mexico.
Haye goaded Bellew to a grudge match and Bellew accepted, vacating his cruiserweight world title and moving up to fight in heavyweight for the first time in his professional career. "I have a different set of skills to what he has seen before". I'm broke. 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. But it all makes sense when I get in a boxing ring.
"Tony boxed better than I did, plain and simple, and the better man won".
Despite being favourite for his repeat fight with Bellew, Haye was again on the canvas as the former WBA heavyweight champion came up short.
"I hope he stops now".
Despite improving on his worst performance and beginning convincingly - and to the extent Bellew was under constant threat - following an exchange in the third Haye proved no longer able to take a punch. I also want to knock Tyson Fury out.
'I know you'll laugh and say I'd have no chance.
"His first words when he hugged me were that I'd done him".
The rematch was initially scheduled for last December, but Haye suffered a biceps injury in training and withdrew. Whether that be from the powerful hooks thrown by "The Bomber" or partly due to an aggravation of his old injury it is not clear, however, I can only imagine it was a combination of the two.
"I know he was watching, smiling and laughing at me". He's getting ready for the Champions League Final, the Kopite t***!
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