Tony Bellew broke his hand in David Haye victory

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WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew says he broke his hand early in Saturday night’s heavyweight victory over David Haye in London.
Haye suffered an Achilles injury in the sixth round and was knocked down in the 11th to give the 34-year-old Liverpudlian a surprise win.
“I broke my right hand in the second or third round,” Bellew told BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek.
“It is sore now but I don’t feel the pain – all I think about is winning.”
Bellew, who described his injured hand as being ‘the size of a small bowling ball’, says he now wants time to reassess his options.
“We will sit down and I need a few days to take on board what I have done because it doesn’t feel real at the minute,” he added.
Speaking after the fight, Bellew said he had feared for Haye’s safety during the bout and asked the heavyweight and his corner to end the fight at the O2 Arena before he scored the stoppage.
The Londoner, 36, was taken to hospital in London for treatment to his Achilles after the bout and was released on Sunday morning.
“Just before the stoppage I looked at David and said ‘stop now’,” said Bellew. “He shook his head.
“He went beyond the call of duty.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn, speaking on Sportsweek, said that representatives of both American WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and WBO champion Joseph Parker of New Zealand had contacted him about the possibility of taking on Bellew.
“Tony’s got big decisions to make – stay at cruiserweight, defend that, unify the division. Maybe even a rematch with David Haye or, I think more likely, to challenge for the world heavyweight title,” he said.
“Why can’t he beat Wilder or Parker? I believe he can and two world titles would secure his legacy.”
After the fight Bellew labelled boxing a “freak show” in which he was happy to play the “pantomime”, but when asked why he would not bow out now, he said any offer for his next fight “would be too big” to turn down.
The WBC cruiserweight champion defied most pre-fight predictions to win on his heavyweight bow but told reporters this would be his final 12 months as a fighter.
“There’s a certain number of times you can keep doing this and it’s not many more times I’ll be honest,” added Bellew, who now has 29 wins and a draw from 32 fights.
“This circus is going to keep following me now. I don’t actually like all this, I’ve grown to hate it. I’m not a perfect person, I make bad moves and bad mistakes in my life, I just want to be left alone now and enjoy time with my kids.”
Bellew’s trainer Dave Coldwell added: “I would be happy if he walked away. He won a world title, he secured his family’s future, so for me, I would be happy if he said ‘that’s us done’.” (BBC Sport)
 

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