Tony Bellew ended his rivalry with David Haye in brutal fashion at the O2 Arena in London.
The two met in a high profile match-up in March of last year, where Bellew took eleven rounds to finish Haye when the latter suffered an ankle injury in the early going.
That factor had many, along with Haye, believing that the former heavyweight champion would prevail in the sequel on Saturday night.
There were no excuses this time around however, as Bellew massacred Haye in the rematch.
The first two rounds were arguably won by Haye, who was the busier fighter, landing the more significant punches without really troubling his Liverpudlian foe.
The third round saw a patient Bellew gradually find openings, and once he backed Haye up against the ropes, the onslaught began.
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Two knockdowns later, and Haye barely survived the round. He answered the bell for the fourth, and while he took a beating, he appeared to recover somewhat heading into the fifth.
Having attempted to end the fight, Bellew revisited his patient approach, and the opportunity for a massive left hand presented itself in the fifth stanza, with Haye almost faceplanting.
The 35-year-old followed up soon after, earning a very timely stoppage.
Where both champions go from here remains to be seen, though Haye’s career trajectory is on a very different path to Bellew’s after tonight’s result.