Tony Bellew recorded an amazing victory over David Haye and called an end to the feud between him and his bitter rival.
The British pair have been caught in a war of words in the build up to the fight, but there was respect between them after Bellew won with an 11th round stoppage, with an ankle injury hampering Haye.
Bellew did not rule out the possibility of a rematch, but says it’ll be on his own terms, a notion Haye agrees with.
“I have so much respect for David as a fighter,” Bellew told Sky Sports Box Office.
“It was genuine people, I really wanted to beat him and he really wanted to beat me. David, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, because really I’ll be honest he could have picked an awful lot of different guys and he picked me. He can come again, and we can do it again. Who wants to see it again?
“I said he was a diva, but I think I might turn into something like that now. The salt and pepper is on my side of the table now. We have got to come and play with me. I am the man in demand. I am the most valuable heavyweight in the world outside of the champions.”
Haye refused to bring up his injury, which had hindered him since the sixth round, and instead gave credit to his conqueror.
He said: “Tony is a great fighter, that’s what went wrong. I trained great, I felt good going into this fight. I wanted to do a demolition job but this guy has got the heart of a lion. I did not expect him to have the chin and durability he has. You took my best shots and got back up and put me down.
“I’d love to do it again. I loved it, the fans loved it. I’ve never been in a fight like that before. He beat me now fair and square. I can’t think about world honours, I need to get past this guy.
“I’m at his mercy, there is no rematch clause. That’s the best fight I have ever had. It felt like a ‘Rocky’ film. He won the fight fair and square and if he would oblige with a rematch I’d love that.”