David Haye: ‘Being part of fight nights like last night’s epic battle are what you dream of as a child’

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David Haye releases statement after crushing defeat to Tony Bellew in London

DAVID HAYE took to social media to express his gratitude and disappointment after being defeated by Tony Bellew last night at the O2 Arena.

“We promised the rematch would be another epic battle, and despite not getting the outcome I so desired, it certainly lived up to the hype,” said Haye on his Instagram page today (Sun May 6).

“Thank you to everyone who packed out The O2 Arena, tuned into Sky Box Office or piled into their local pub to witness it live. The energy in the build up and as I stepped into the arena in my hometown was something I will never forget.”

“Thank you to Tony [Bellew] and his whole team for their part in creating this. Being part of fight nights like last nights epic battle, those which pack out arenas and divide boxing fans are what you dream of as a child,” he continued.

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“I enjoyed every moment of this fight campaign, from the lung-busting sessions, the press conference shenanigans, early nights, clean living and even the tear up itself! You can never complain when you have been able to fulfill your childhood dream whether you win, lose or draw. I’m incredibly fortunate. Your messages of love and positivity have been overwhelming, aside from the natural disappointment and a few bruises, I‘m good.”

“Tony, you are a brilliant dance partner, you proved many doubters wrong and were without question the deserved winner. Your family, friends and those you were fighting in the memory of, should be incredibly proud of their “Bomber”. Congratulations, champ.”

37-year-old Haye is yet to comment on his future as a prizefighter but many are calling for him to hang up his gloves after his second consecutive inside-the-distance defeat.

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