Tony Bellew recovers from knockdown to claim WBC belt

WBC 30/05/2016


Shout and bellow it from the rooftops! Tony Bellew (28-2-1, 18 KOs) delivered a third round KO over WBC #1 rated Ilunga Makabu (19-2, 18 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC cruiserweight belt on Sunday in the Goodison Park stadium in Liverpool, England.

It was a dream come true because the setting was the home ground of Everton Football Club. Tony was, is and forever will be an avid fan of “The Toffees!” And it’s his son’s eighth birthday today!

In round one, Bellew punished Makabu on the ropes, but then he got clocked by a Makabu straight counter left and went down – only to get straight back up.

After a cautious round two, Bellew opened up in round three, severely rocking Makabu, then got him out of there with a ruthless barrage of punches which knocked him cold.

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Makabu collapsed to the canvas just as referee Victor Loughlin stepped in to wave it off. The time was 1:20.

‘The Bomber’ announced himself as the best Cruiserweight in the world when addressing the crowd after the fight.