One of the more unusual main events in recent memory had just taken place, with Tony Bellew benefiting from an unfortunate injury to rival David Haye to claim a late stoppage.
Bellew, the World Boxing Council (WBC) cruiserweight champion, stepped up a division to stop fellow Briton David Haye in the 11th round of a non-title heavyweight fight on Saturday that took a dramatic turn in the sixth round, when Haye suffered a suspected Achilles injury.
Bellew was keen to stress that he had no intention of hurting the 36-year-old and says some of the jibes Haye directed at him were simply "disgusting".
"I came good in this fight and showed what I'm about".
Blow after blow from Bellew sent Haye flying out of the ring and the towel was thrown in as he tried to climb back into the ring to beat the count.
Former two-weight World champion Haye returned from a three and a half year absence from the ring in January at The O2 with a first round KO win over Mark De Mori, following that in the same setting four months later with a second round KO win over Arnold Gjergjaj.
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"In rounds four and five he was exhausted but he was blocking, when we got to nine, I felt myself on top of him and I could feel him panicking".
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The match almost featured as many plot twists as Bellew's role in Creed, as rumors circulated that Haye suffered what was believed to be an ankle or an Achilles injury earlier in the fight.
WBC champion Deontay Wilder wants a chunk of the "Bomber", so too does WBO champion Joseph Parker. "I can't think about world honors, I need to get past this guy", said Haye to skysports.com.
Bellew, his hand broken as early as the second round, said he needed a couple of days to process the enormity of his shock 11th round victory over an opponent stricken by an Achilles injury that required medical treatment.
"People have been writing him off for his whole career".
"He will find out what it's like to get hit by a heavyweight", said Haye.
"I've only got a short shelf life in this game and it's about maximising your potential".
Life imitated art when Bellew got to fight for the vacant WBC crown in front of his home fans at Goodison Park, home of his beloved Everton Football Club, in May past year.