British cruiserweight Tony Bellew has given his reaction to WBN following the news from Matchroom that two more stands have been opened up at Goodison Park to accommodate more fans.
Bellew, 33, battles Ilunga Makabu for the WBC title on May 29, having initially told WBN that there were no expectations regarding capacity at the stadium for what will be his third shot at a recognised belt and first at the 200 pound limit.
“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 told World Boxing News on April 21 as the clash was announced.
“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.
News that over twelve thousand tickets have already been snapped up has been met by immense pride by Bellew who says he can’t wait to soak up the atmosphere later this month at the home of his beloved Everton Football Club.
“I’m simply humbled and honoured,” said Bellew this weekend amidst preparations for the contest.
“It’s beyond the dream for me. It’s truly amazing that all these people and the club have backed one of their own. May the 29th can’t come soon enough.”
Trainer David Coldwell also gave his thoughts to World Boxing News by adding: “It’s fantastic that the fans are getting behind this event. It’s such a huge night for Tony. A tough night is expected, but the noise of those thousands of fans when he walks out will mean the world to him.
“It’s a great occasion for the city. An outdoor football stadium on a bank holiday Sunday. It’s certainly not your average bank holiday event!”
Bullens Road and Goodison Road ends of the ground have been made available to those wanting to witness what could a historical night for Bellew that also features the likes of David Price, Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd, Stephen Smith and Tony Dodson on the undercard.
Tickets are on general sale now priced £40, £60, £100 and £200 and can be purchased by visiting www.evertonfc.com/eticketing, or by calling 0151 556 1878*. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased in person by visiting the Park End ticket office or our City Centre ticket facility in Everton Two, Liverpool One. £350 VIP tickets will be available exclusively from www.matchroomboxing.com
Tickets for May 29 are also available from http://www.stubhub.co.uk/matchroom-boxing-tickets/ – StubHub is the official ticket partner and marketplace of Matchroom Boxing and Anthony Joshua MBE.