Bellew confirms Makabu clash for May 29 at Goodison Park

Phil Jay 19/04/2016

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Tony Bellew has announced that he will face Junior Makabu for the vacant WBC cruiserweight title on Sunday, May 29 at Goodison Park.

The Liverpudlian will fulfill a lifelong dream by topping the bill at his beloved Everton FC, emulating his movie debut as Ricky Conlan in the Rocky spin-off ‘Creed’ recently.

Bellew, 33, portrayed the WBC champion in the brainchild of Hollywood legend Sylvester Stallone, beating the title character played by Michael B. Jordan to retain his belt.

This time, ‘The Bomber’ will be hoping to finally lay his hands on a version of the world championship after failing twice at the 175 pound light heavyweight limit.

Opponent Makabu, who has lost just once in 20 bouts, is considered a big danger to Bellew’s hopes as both square-off to follow ex-title holder Grigory Drozd as the WBC flagbearer.

Drozd was made ‘Champion in Recess’ for failing to defend his strap against Makabu and the tough Russian will challenge the winner once fit again.

Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn, who promotes Bellew, is now going to work on an undercard already set to feature lightweight contender Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd.

The possibility of Bellew v Makabu heading to Sky Sports Box Office hasn’t yet been addressed – although it is doubtful and more details of the event held on the eve of May bank holiday are set to be released soon.