Belfast Telegraph

Home Sport Boxing

Tony Bellew: I'll take on the world after revenge win

By Mark Staniforth

Tony Bellew says he will travel anywhere and fight anyone in a bid to land the world title.

Bellew dredged up a revenge points win over Nathan Cleverly in a grudge fight at the Echo Arena in Liverpool to move into world cruiserweight title contention.

Bellew came on strong in the later rounds to clinch a majority decision win and make up for his majority decision defeat to the Welshman in their WBO light-heavyweight showdown at the same venue three years ago.

Watched by Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli at ringside, Everton fan Bellew worked his way past a sluggish start as Cleverly faded, allowing Bellew to take the verdict 116-112 115-113, with one card 115-114 in favour of the Welshman.

"I'll fight any of the world champions, anywhere," said Bellew.

Reflecting on the fight, he added: "I want to thank God I've come out of there because I'm willing to go places no-one's willing to go.

"I was getting tagged there and I just kept walking and taking it and going through, but thank God because I love this sport and the glory of it.

"I'm being deadly serious when I say I can't quit and I'll end up in a grave before I quit. I'm sorry I've got to say that but I really do mean it - I will never quit.

"I'm just so happy I get home to my three kids - I love my kids more than life itself and winning means just so much to me."

Bellew admitted he was disappointed to learn that not all three judges had picked him.

"I was gutted because I thought I won at least nine rounds," he said. "And I was looking out to you (the media) going, 'Guys, not again'. Every time I get in a close fight it's like I just don't think I'm going to get it (the result)."

Belfast Telegraph

How to Complain

If you have a complaint about the editorial content of the Belfast Telegraph or Sunday Life then contact the Editor here. If you are not satisfied with the response provided then you can contact the Independent Press Standards Organisation here

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph