Devout Evertonian Tony Bellew found time to put ex-Liverpool star Jamie Carragher through his paces as the cruiserweight contender eased off training for his upcoming rematch with Nathan Cleverly.
Bellew, 31, has been grafting in Sheffield with Dave Coldwell for the pay-per-view battle with Welshman Cleverly on November 22, but made a rare trip back home to share a session with Sky pundit Carragher recently.
Keen boxing fan Carragher has used the sport as a means to keep fit since hanging up his boots in the summer of 2013 and makes regularly trips to Bellew’s long-standing Rotunda Gym to stay in shape since retirement.
“As soon as I finished playing I knew I had to keep fit,” Carragher told Sky Sports News HQ.
“I knew a few of the lads in here, I’d met Tony briefly and got into the routine and come here every morning.
“I drop the kids off at school, come in here, meet up with the lads and keep fit.”
Carragher will be cheering on Bellew at the Echo Arena this weekend as ‘The Bomber’ aims for revenge against Cleverly, who is one of only two men to hold a professional victory over the two-time world title challenger.
The pair square off live on Sky Sports Box Office on a loaded card that also sees fellow-Merseysider Callum Smith. who faces his toughest test yet in Serbian Nikola Sjekloca. A win for Smith puts the youngest of the four champion brothers in line for a WBC title shot in 2015 fresh from elder sibling Paul’s close defeat to WBO title holder Arthur Abraham earlier this year.
Cleverly v Bellew II is exclusively live on Sky Sports Box Office on 22 November with George Groves, Anthony Joshua and James DeGale also on the bill. Visit skysports.com/cleverlybellew for more details.
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