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Bellew hints at quitting ring after shock win against Haye

By Robert Jones

Tony Bellew is considering retiring in the wake of his victory over David Haye.

The Liverpool fighter stepped up to heavyweight to stop his heavily-injured opponent in the 11th round of their 02 Arena bout, registering a shock win in the process.

Despite Haye rupturing his Achilles midway through the fight, limiting his ability to do the damage he had pledged to do, the victory for WBC cruiserweight champion Bellew was a significant one.

A 6/1 shot to win a fight at a weight above his usual, Bellew is famed for his all-out approach to preparing for fights and leaving everything he has in the ring.

However, at 34 and with a wedding on the horizon, he admits he is unsure how much longer he can keep taking punishment.

"I don't know how many times more I can put my body and family through this," Bellew told BBC Radio 5 live.

"It [retirement] is an option. It's something I'm thinking about."

Promoter Eddie Hearn says Bellew has up to five fights left in him and in the immediate aftermath of his win, Bellew spoke about another switch to the heavyweight division, talking about fights with current belt holders Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker.

Meanwhile, Haye has returned home after surgery on the tendon. "Home from Achilles reattachment surgery. I'm overwhelmed with your Positivity, Love & Support.From the bottom of my heart, Thank you all" the 36-year-old tweeted.

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