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Tony Bellew rated #5 on WBC all-time list as reign comes to an end

WBN / WBC 30/03/2017

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As Tony Bellew’s ten-month reign as World Boxing Council cruiserweight champion was finalized this week, the Liverpudlian can rest easy knowing he made an immediate impact with the organisation.

‘The Bomber’ defeated Ilunga Makabu on a famous night on Merseyside before destroying BJ Flores in his first defence and eventually moving up to stop ex-heavyweight champion David Haye.

Bellew’s exploits have been given plenty of praise by the WBC already, whilst the 33 year-old has now been rated at the fifth best title holder of all time on the latest list. His win over Makabu has also become the first WBC cruiserweight title bout in two years to make the ‘memorable title fight’ category.

The WBC release their Top 10 of all time in every division ahead of any upcoming championship bout and Bellew’s name appears behind the great Evander Holyfield and ex-rulers Zsolt Erdei, Juan Carlos Gomez and Krzystof Wlodarczyk this month.

A new title of ‘Emeritus Champion’ means Bellew can seek out a shot at the green belt whenever he chooses, although the star of ‘Rocky’ spin-off ‘Creed’ is set to concentrate on the top division for now.

WBC CRUISERWEIGHT STATISTICS

Next bout: WBC Vacant Cruiserweight World Championship

April 1, 2017 / Westfalenhalle / Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

This will be the 1,965th fight sanctioned by the WBC in its 54-year history.

HUCK SPORTS PROMOTION PRESENTS:

MAIRIS BRIEDIS (Latvia)

Ranked WBC No. 1 at Cruiserweight

Age: 32 / Date of birth: January 13, 1985

Residence, birthplace: Riga, Latvia

Record: 21-0, 18 KOs / Total rounds: 79

Height: 6’1” – 186cm / Stance: Right-handed

WBC affiliated titles: Silver, Baltic

Manager: Al Siesta

MARCO “Käpt’n” HUCK (Germany)

Ranked WBC No. 2 at Cruiserweight

Age: 32 / Date of birth: November 11, 1984

Residence: Berlin, Germany / Birthplace: Ugao, Serbia

Record: 40-3-1, 27 KOs / Total rounds: 326

Height: 6’2” – 188cm / Reach: 77” – 195cm / Stance: Right-handed

World championship fights: 13-3-1, 6 KOs

Promoter: Kenan Hukic

WBC CRUISERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONS IN HISTORY

1. Marvin Camel (US)                            1980

2. Carlos de Leon (P. Rico)                    1980 – 1982

3. S.T. Gordon (US)                               1982 – 1983

4. Carlos de Leon (P. Rico) *                  1983 – 1985

5. Alfonzo Ratliff (US)                            1985

6. Bernard Benton (US)                          1985 – 1986

7. Carlos de Leon (P. Rico) *                  1986 – 1988

8. Evander Holyfield (US)                       1988

9. Carlos de Leon (P. Rico) *                  1989 – 1990

10. Massimiliano Duran (Italy)                1990 – 1991

11. Anaclet Wamba (Fra)                       1991 – 1995

12. Marcelo Dominguez (Arg)                 1995 – 1998

13. Juan Carlos Gomez (Cuba-Ger)        1998 – 2002

14. Wayne Braithwaite (Guyana)             2002 – 2005

15. Jean-Marc Mormeck (France)           2007

16. O’Neil Bell (US)                                2006 – 2007

17. Jean Marc Mormeck (France)*          2007

18. David Haye (UK)                              2007 – 2008

19. Giacobbe Fragomeni (Italy)               2008 – 2009

20. Zsolt Erdei (Hungary)                       2008 – 2010

21. Krzystof Wlodarczyk (Poland)           2010 – 2014

22. Grigory Drozd (Russia)                     2014 – 2015

23. Tony Bellew (UK)                             2016 – 2017

* Regained

WBC TOP 10 CRUISERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONS

1. Evander Holyfield (US)

2. Zsolt Erdei (Hungary)

3. Juan Carlos Gomez (Cuba-Germany)

4. Krzystof Wlodarczyk (Poland)

5. Tony Bellew (GB)

6. Carlos De Leon (P. Rico)

7. Wayne Braithwaite (Guyana)

8. Grigory Drozd (Russia)

9. Anaclet Wamba (France)

10. Jean Marc Mormeck (France)

GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE CRUISERWEIGHT DIVISION IN THE HISTORY OF THE WBC

19 world champions have been recognized by the WBC, of whom only two have regained the title: Carlos de Leon (Puerto Rico) three times, Jean Marc Mormeck (France) one time.

69 cruiserweight world title bouts have been held in the history of the WBC.

This will be the 12th WBC Cruiserweight Championship fight held in Germany in WBC history.

MEMORABLE FIGHTS

May 29, 2016    Tony Bellew TKO3 Ilunga Makabu – Liverpool, England

Sep. 27, 2014    Grigory Drozd W12 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk – Moscow, Russia

May 15, 2010    Krzysztof Wlodarczyk TKO8 Giacobbe Fragomeni – Lodz, Poland

Oct. 24, 2008    Giacobbe Fragomeni TW8 Rudolf Kraj – Milan, Italy

Mar. 8, 2008      David Haye TKO2 Enzo Maccarinelli – London, England

Jan. 7, 2006      O’Neil Bell KO10 Jean Marc Mormeck – New York, New York

Apr. 2, 2005      Jean Marc Mormeck W12 Wayne Braithwaite – Worcester, Massachusetts

Oct. 11, 2002    Wayne Braithwaite TKO10 Vincenzo Cantatore – Lombardia, Italy

Feb. 21, 1998    Juan Carlos Gomez W12 Marcelo Fabian Dominguez – Buenos Aires, Argentina

July 25, 1995     Marcelo Fabian Dominguez TKO9 Akim Tafir – Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France

July 20, 1991     Anaclet Wamba TKO11 Massimiliano Duran – Palermo, Sicily

July 27, 1990     Massimiliano Duran WDQ11 Carlos DeLeon – Capo d’Orlando, Sicily

May 17, 1989    Carlos DeLeon TKO9 Sammy Reeson – London, England

Apr. 9, 1988      Evander Holyfield TKO8 Carlos DeLeon – Las Vegas, Nevada

Feb. 24, 1982    Carlos DeLeon TKO8 Marvin Camel – Atlantic City, New Jersey

Mar. 31, 1980    Marvin Camel W15 Mate Parlov – Las Vegas, Nevada

Dec. 8, 1979     Marvin Camel D15 Mate Parlov – Split, Croatia

WBC Statistics by Luis Medina.

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