Tony Bellew defends WBC world cruiserweight title by stopping BJ Flores

Tony Bellew and David Haye

David Haye (bottom third from right) looked on smiling as Tony Bellew addressed him from the ring after the fight

Tony Bellew defended his WBC world cruiserweight title by knocking out BJ Flores in three rounds – and then called out David Haye.

The Liverpudlian dropped his American opponent three times with his signature left hook in round two in Liverpool.

After falling a fourth time, Flores refused to answer the referee’s count.

A triumphant Bellew then taunted Haye, saying: “I’ve smashed your mate, your playboy buddy, and I will smash you exactly the same way.”

The champion added: “I’m the biggest payday you’ll get.”


Bellew stopped Flores for the first time in the American’s career

Bellew, 33, was fighting for the first time since securing the belt against Ilunga Makabu at Goodison Park in May.

And after ending the fight in the third Bellew said: “I’m not called the Bomber for nothing.”

He also verbally abused fellow Briton Haye, who was shouting instructions and supporting his friend and sparring partner Flores.

Bellew climbed through the ropes shouting “you’re next”.

Earlier on the undercard, Luke Campbell stopped Liverpool’s Derry Mathews in the fourth round with two stinging body shots to retain his WBC silver lightweight title.


Bellew’s first reaction after the fight was stopped was to seek out former cruiserweight world champion Haye


Then, after leaving the ring to confront his rival, Bellew was restrained by his entourage, before abusing Haye once more from the ring

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