British cruiserweight Tony Bellew is putting glory ahead of gate receipts for his massive WBC title challenge against number one contender Ilunga Makabu on May 29 at Goodison Park.
The 33 year-old announced his late spring date at Everton’s football stadium earlier this week and is set to battle one of the toughest fighters in the 200 pound division as Bellew aims to seal a lifelong dream.
Two failed attempts to win the light heavyweight championship have been confined to the past and Bellew goes into the Makabu bout on the back of some impressive performances at the higher limit, including a revenge win over Nathan Cleverly.
Bellew is now hoping his fellow Liverpudlian’s will pack out the venue next month, although ‘The Bomber’ says his eyes are firmly on the prize of being world champion and he’s not worried too much about ticket sales for what will be a Sunday night event.
“Everton are fully behind me and I’ve got no real massive expectations or hopes of whether it does 2,000, 25,000 or 30,000,” Bellew exclusively told World Boxing News.
“All my expectations and hopes are to win that WBC title in front of thousands of Scousers, so we don’t have any set figure in our minds. It’s set up for me to fill Goodison Park up so if anybody wants to come, they can.”
He added: “I’m not in it for numbers, I’m just trying to do something that’s never been done before and we are just trying to make the best of a situation that has arisen from absolutely nowhere.
“What I will say is that this show is not about me. It’s about Liverpool boxing and Scousers – because this bill is going to be like Scousers versus the world on May 29.”