Good God it’s Goodison for Tony Bellew, who vows his WBC cruiserweight title bout with Congolese fighter Ilunga Makabu, will light up the candles on his son’s birthday cake.
Lifelong Evertonian Bellew ‘fought’ at Goodison during filming for the movie ‘Creed’ and the 33-year-old now has the chance to turn his dreams into a reality when he takes on Makabu for the vacant WBC crown.
His world title challenge takes place on his son’s eighth birthday on May 29, live on Sky Sports, and Bellew cannot wait to fight in front of Goodison’s famous Gwladys Street End.
“It’s been a long road. There have been a couple of parts in movies in between and a couple of big fights and ultimately it has all led to Goodison Park”. The Liverpool cruiserweight previously filmed scenes for the Creed movie at Goodison.
“The dream has already been achieved. I am fighting at Goodison Park and the WBC world title is just the icing on the cake. I have been coming to this place since I was a baby and my season ticket was in front of the Gwladys Street end, which is where I am going to fight in front of.
“I’ve been going to Everton for as long as I have been able to walk so now fighting at Goodison Park is the dream upon the dream come true.”
‘The Bomber’ is convinced that now is his time but the European champion acknowledges he is coming up against his most dangerous opponent to date.
“This is the most dangerous fight of my career without a shadow of a doubt, I just think Ilunga Makabu is a very good fighter, a world-class fighter, who is very strong, very dangerous and tactically aware, with an excellent defence.”