Proud scouser Bellew revealed he had suffered a broken hand in the second round of the fight. However, it didn’t prevent him from dominating the battle.
The incident came after McGuigan was forced to use tape and attach it to Haye’s leg following the freak injury halfway through the fight.
The 36-year-old Haye may or may not wind up boxing again, but you’d have to figure he probably will.
Bellew was giving up 11 pounds and fighting his first professional bout at heavyweight.
“David Haye was like the bogeyman of the division”. I’m planning for more Bellews. Never wanted it. I’ve got to embrace it, man, just do the best I can. I don’t know how many times I can put my body through this and how many times I can put my family through this.
“My eldest boy is 11 and I didn’t want him going to school and hearing comments saying his dad is going to get hurt”. The ball is in his court.
He said: “We can’t take away what Tony Bellew’s done, when you look at the actual strategy of the fight, Tony boxed and countered perfectly and accordingly”.
“I said some nonsense on Sky Sports after the fight about fighting that big girl from Alabama (Wilder) but that’s just me talking nonsense again”. If it was about me, I could have quit after Goodison [his win over Ilunga Makabu last May]. “He has a kid and kids need their dad so I’m happy he’s at home safe”.
‘He shook his head and laughed.
“He went beyond the call of duty in my opinion and really dug deep”.
No-one has ever been able to stop David on his feet.
“I believe he can beat Parker and I believe he could also beat Deontay Wilder”. I’ve made some bad mistakes in life. All this nonsense, this circus is going to keep following me around and believe it or not I don’t like it and I’m actually starting to hate it. I’m the best heavyweight outside the world champions and let’s not forget that.
His trainer Dave Coldwell wants the WBC cruiserweight champion to call it quits, but the Scouser knows Hearn will make him an offer he can’t refuse – possibly for a world heavyweight title fight.
Bellew has said he’s ready to retire after securing his children’s future with a career high payday against Haye.
Gareth A Davies, Boxing Correspondent, ruminates …
It would seem that the Jamaican-born fighter thinks Bellew only won because Haye had twisted his ankle – an injury that later emerged to be ruptured ligaments, and took to his Twitter account to lay into Saturday’s victor.
Bellew had already proved a point by denying Haye an early victory.
It was announced on Sunday night that Haye’s injury had been operated on. All in all, this was a desperate night for Haye.