No wonder David Haye was such a sporting loser to Tony Bellew at the weekend – he pocketed a comfortable £4.2 million for his defeat.
After all the talk and bravado, the whole world was disappointed at David Haye‘s performance as we endured two rounds of mediocre hard hits from the cockney before he gave up and began stumbling around the ring like a bar room brawler after eight pints of Stella. Falling into the ropes and bouncing off them again and trying to throw a knockout punch in the meantime but missing.
An agonising eleven rounds saw Haye’s corner finally throw in the towel after the 36-year-old’s battle with the Achilles injury he obtained in the sixth round.
— Fancy Combat (@FancyCombat) March 4, 2017
No doubt the pay check of £1.4m more than opponent Bellew helped sooth the pain a little.
Though this is nothing compared to the £10m the Hayemaker scooped after his defeat to Wladimir Klitschko in 2011, or the £5m he raked in when he smashed Audley Harrison a year earlier.
Bellew collected a cool £2.8m from the match – the biggest purse of his career to date.
— Hugo (@TheHugoEffect) March 4, 2017
After receiving his most lucrative cheque yet, Bellew is considering quitting while he’s ahead saying to BBC Radio 5 Live ‘I don’t know how many times more I can put my body and family through this, it [retirement] is an option. It’s something I’m thinking about’.
He lost the reputation from his ‘Hayeday’, but definitely won a pretty hefty pay packet.