Tony Bellew confirms October Liverpool return, BJ Flores a maybe


WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew will make the first defence of his green belt this coming October on home soil in Liverpool.

Belllew, 33, won his first world title with a crushing victory over Ilunga Makabu at Goodison Park on May 29 and is set to stay in his beloved city for a homecoming in front of his adoring fans.

“I’ll be fighting in October, in Liverpool so I’ll be coming home so just get ready,” Bellew told Sky Sports News HQ, before answering questions on his recent social media feud with American BJ Flores.

“His mouth gets carried away with itself,” he said. “I like to refer to him as the ‘Nightclub Queen’ – Mr. Flores is, but I’m not that bothered by him. He’s a mouthpiece who’s made himself known since I won the green and gold belt.”

On the possibility of Flores being in the opposite corner in October, the ‘Bomber’ added: “I don’t know who just yet but I’m sure Eddie (Hearn, promoter) will find the right man at the right time.

“Maybe it could be the ‘Nightclub Queen’ – although I wish I was fighting his mate (David Haye) instead, the fella from Bermondsey, but we’ll see.

“There’s a bit of negotiation to be done. We’ve got to dot the t’s and cross the I’s and get through things that way.”