Tony Bellew pulled off a major upset on Saturday night by defeating strong favourite David Haye in a heavyweight contest after an eleventh round stoppage.
A relatively even contest was turned completely in Bellew’s favour as soon as the halfway point, when Haye became visibily injured with a leg injury. Indeed, that the 36-year-old was able to still compete with an Achilles injury for as long as he did is a testament to the man’s resilience – nonetheless, Bellew eventually claimed the win.
After the victory, fellow scousers Jamie Carragher and Wayne Rooney, who were among a number of famous faces in the O2 crowd, went back to dressing room to congratulate Bellew on his unexpected success.
Carragher, who trained with Bellew last week before the fight, also spoke to iFL TV backstage, reflecting on a fight on a doubly good day for the Sky Sports pundit having watched Liverpool defeat Arsenal just hours earlier:
Yeeessssss!!!!!!!!! ?? pic.twitter.com/QLPzrsgmNh
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) March 5, 2017
Bellew was also joined in his dressing room by Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney. Bellew, a lifelong Everton fan, earlier this week made the case for “world class” Rooney to return to Goodison Park this summer, and the amount of respect and mutual admiration between the two shone trough as they both spoke to iFL TV after the fight:
Indeed, Rooney was fortunate that Man United were in the early Premier League fixture on Saturday (in which he made a rare start), allowing him enough time to travel from Manchester to London.
Congratulations @TonyBellew. Buzzing for you!
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) March 4, 2017