Former WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew has admitted nothing in his career will ever top the crushing victory at Goodison Park against Ilunga Makabu in May 2016.
‘The Bomber’ picked himself up off the floor to demolish the tough Congo fighter in the third round at his beloved Everton Football Club Stadium to capture the World Boxing Council belt and a place in history.
Since then, Bellew has moved up to heavyweight to defeat David Haye and is currently being linked to a return to 200 pounds for what could be a mouth-watering collision with pound for pound king Andre Ward.
Should a fight with the American make it over the line though, Bellew insists beating the best fighter in the world would still not be able to hold a candle to the night his experienced at the historic home of The Blues near Stanley Park.
“Nothing is ever going to come close. If I fight Andre Ward and knock him out in the first 20 seconds of the first round, it still wouldn’t touch Goodison,” Bellew told The Daily Mail.
“I have reached Everest, I have done it. I’ve lived the dream,” he added.
Bellew considered retiring from the sport for good after the Makabu fight before taking a lucrative offer from Eddie Hearn to battle Haye, which has since whetted the 33 year-old’s appetite to claim further honours.
“Do I want to take much more? The thought of being heavyweight champ drives me, it really does,” revealed the Liverpudlian.
“So I’m still going to the gym, I’m still pushing myself really hard. That lets me know I’ve still got a lot left to give,” said Bellew.