EXCLUSIVE: Tony Bellew reveals extent of hand damage from pro career
Tony Bellew, having retired from professional boxing, now has the rest of his life laid out for him with successes to look back on.
In a recent interview with WBN, Bellew was asked how he felt about no training camps on the horizon.
The Liverpool man also revealed the extent of damage of his hands following a successful run in the paid ranks.
“I’m back training now, I had a couple of weeks off and now four times a week I train. I’m not punching with my hands, they possibly couldn’t take it,” Bellew exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I’ll lift and I’ll do bits of cardio here and there. But I’ll need a good six to twelve months off punching as my hands have been that damaged over the years.”
Notably suffering breaks in fights throughout his career, ‘The Bomber’ felt the effects of packing a hell of a dig.
This was probably most notable when witnessed by thousands of spectators at his personal favourite haunt of Goodison Park stadium in May 2016.
“I’ve been fighting with damaged hands since my second pro fight. It played no part in the fight [with Usyk] it’s just part of being a fighter,” he explained.
“I’ve been going to training just to fill in a slot. It’s very daunting getting to this stage and saying that’s not around. Just chill out mate and enjoy my life,” Bellew mused.
With the passion of boxing still close to him and the enjoyment of the sport, Bellew can now safely stay on the other side of the ropes.
“I’ve trained with a set of lads who I have done for years. The football players from Everton Football Club, we train together and have a laugh, it is what it is,” concluded Bellew.
Numerous titles, Pay-Per-View appearances and even a starring role in a movie behind him, Bellew will be held in high regard following his retirement.
In his final bout, Bellew was also up on the scorecards against one of the best pound for pound boxers in the world. An accolade which should not be underestimated despite his reputation as a heavy hitter.
Chandler Waller is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerWaller