Bellew goes for Haye outside the ring after thrashing Flores

THIS MEANS WAR: Bellew gesturing to Haye (in black suit) after winning the fight against the latter's friend, Flores. Bellew said Haye has "been conning the British public". Haye reckoned he can "knock (Bellew) out with a jab".


    Oct 17, 2016

    Bellew goes for Haye outside the ring after thrashing Flores


    BRITAIN'S Tony Bellew retained his World Boxing Council cruiserweight title with a third-round stoppage of BJ Flores on Saturday and then promptly charged out of the ring at Liverpool's Echo Arena to confront David Haye.

    Liverpool boxer Bellew floored Flores three times in the second round before seeing off his American challenger in the next.

    After the fight was stopped, an emotional Bellew had to be restrained by security staff from confronting British rival Haye, a friend of Flores', who was watching at ringside.

    "I'm ruthless when I get going. BJ Flores is an old-school, respected fighter and he's trying to fulfil a childhood dream," Bellew told Sky Sports.

    Bellew then turned his attention to one-time sparring partner Haye, a former cruiserweight and heavyweight world champion.

    Haye, competing as a heavyweight, returned to the ring aged 35 in January after 31/2 years with a first-round knockout win over Mark de Mori.

    But Bellew made it clear on Saturday that he thought Haye's return was nothing more than a money-grabbing publicity stunt.

    "You see him? He's been conning the British public since his pathetic comeback started," Bellew said of Haye.

    Haye accepted Bellew had done a fine job in seeing off Flores but insisted he would have no trouble defeating him if they met as heavyweights.

    "I am a heavyweight for eight or nine years. If he wants to come up, it's an easy night's work. I'll probably knock him out with a jab."