Bellew hails vanquished Haye

05 March 2017 03:29:26 EST

Tony Bellew was quick to praise David Haye after beating the 36-year-old in an exciting heavyweight contest at London's O2 Arena on Saturday.

WBC cruiserweight champion Bellew stopped Haye in the 11th round but only had kind words for his opponent after the bout - in contrast to the bitter exchanges that had developed in the build-up to the fight.

Haye suffered an Achilles injury in the sixth round and was unable to move freely as Bellew got on top and the towel was thrown in by the favourite's corner when their man was sent to the canvas in the 11th round.

Bellew said afterwards: "He's probably the hardest puncher in the world, and he's so quick early on, he's like a sprinter. He can really hit but he can also take a few himself.

"In my eyes I've beaten the best cruiserweight this country has ever produced and one of the best heavyweights. I am honoured to fight in the same ring as him. I've looked up to him.

"He made the same mistake everybody else does. He underestimated me. Watch me on tape and I'm terrible but in the ring I'm harder to hit than you think."

Meanwhile, Haye said he had given it his best but it simply wasn't good enough and the better fighter had won the bout.

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