Tony Bellew produced an explosive performance to land a stunning second stoppage win in 14 months over fellow Briton David Haye at London’s O2 Arena.
Bellew, 35, looked at his best as he evaded a Haye attack in round three before landing a superb left hook and right hand to floor his heavyweight rival.
A second knockdown followed moments later and Bellew – the underdog with bookmakers, as he was in the previous fight – delivered a pinpoint left hand in the fifth to again send Haye down.
Haye nodded to acknowledge the shot and rose, only to be placed under intense attack, prompting referee Howard Foster to stop the fight and send Bellew racing to the corner of the ring in celebration.
Bellew looked overjoyed and close to tears as he surely ended a rivalry which had been a focal point in British boxing for more than 18 months.
Haye, 37, said before the fight that he needed a spectacular win to prolong his career, and it is seems unlikely that the former world heavyweight and cruiserweight champion will continue beyond this.