Haye tried to force the action a lot more in the final minute, missing wildly with a combination in chasing Bellew who used his feet to avoid the punches.
"The Dereck Chisora fight was my last competitive boxing match".
It was an emotional night for Bellew, who broke out in tears on winning the rematch as he begun to come to terms with a hard year in which he lost his brother-in-law. Haye was down in rounds six and 11, after rupturing his Achilles tendon.
Haye has taken part in 32 fights, winning 28 and losing four. I want to punch everything and fight the world. He was patience personified.
Round 3 and Bellew started to exert some pressure.
He didn't have long to wait.
The buildup to their rematch has been suitably entertaining, with Haye sticking his face into Bellew's at a news conference this week, and Bellew retaliating by shoving his opponent away. It was a matter of time.
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Bellew has made a habit out of using his knockout prowess to overcome serious odds-Haye was as high as a 6/1 favorite.
Scouse scrapper Bellew rightly earned the plaudits as he delivered on his pre-fight promise to stop Haye inside eight rounds and pick up back-to-back wins over his bitter rival. The fight was lost.
Haye had hoped a win on Saturday might propel him to a lucrative bout with Britain's reigning world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, but that dream was ended in brutal fashion by Bellew.
"I left an empty seat at ringside, and they're not cheap", said Everton fan Bellew, who had his Liverpool supporting pal's name on his shorts. Haye slid down the ropes to the canvas, and when he got up, he was on spaghetti legs. In what was a keep-busy fight prior to the talked about rematch with Yvan Mendy in a title eliminator, Campbell stopped the fight in the fifth, with the referee calling a halt to the "contest".
Dave Coldwell, I gave him stick in the build-up, but he's a great coach, a great man, and it's all fun really. "Tony was a better man, I couldn't quite make it happen".
The Telegraph reports that both Haye and Bellew were guaranteed £2.5m, regardless of the outcome of the fight. He is a insane fighter ... with his style, age is a factor.
Promoter Eddie Hearn will try to tempt American pound-for-pound star Andre Ward out of retirement and to step up to cruiserweight for a fight in the United Kingdom later this year as one option for Bellew. Tonight I had Ashley's dad sitting there by the ring and his brothers.