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Tony Bellew closes in on Goodison Park title shot

Phil Jay 15/04/2016

Lawrence Lustig / EFC

Liverpool cruiserweight Tony Bellew is another step closer to a world title chance at his beloved Goodison Park after the City Council approved the venue.

An application was made by promoter Eddie Hearn to stage a vacant World Boxing Council bout against Ilunga Makabu at Everton Football Club’s stadium, which has now been approved by Liverpool officials.

Bellew is set to face the dangerous Makabu for the coveted green strap after now former champion Grigory Drozd was made ‘Champion in Recess’ due to injuries keeping the Russian out of action.

Two-time light heavyweight title challenger Bellew is competing at his favoured weight of 200 pounds and has worked his way to a sufficient ranking with some eye-catching results of late.

To his credit, handler Hearn was first in with his proposal that the WBC should approve a fight between six-ranked Bellew and mandatory-rated Makabu, which WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman agreed with.

Last month, Makabu’s team informed WBN that they are fully on board with the idea of giving Bellew his wish of contesting a world title at the home of the club which he has been a staunch supporter of all his life.

An announcement confirmed the clash is expected to be made in the near future by Matchroom Boxing.