EXCLUSIVE: ‘I’m proud I was willing to go and face anyone’ – Tony Bellew
Tony Bellew is now happily retired with a career of 34 professional fights to look back on including his last. An incredible challenge on November 10 against Oleksandr Usyk for all the belts in the cruiserweight division.
The Liverpudlian’s periods of outboxing the Ukranian were remarked and praised. Winning the fight on the scorecards, Bellew suffered his last defeat via stoppage in the 8th round.
In an interview with WBN, Bellew was asked if he’d taken any satisfaction from the fact.
“No, not really because of all the people who lose like to a young lad such as him with fantastic resumes that I’ve already got,” Bellew exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I don’t think anyone’s ever been outboxed by whoever has boxed him before so yeah you know, you look back on it but for me, I lost. It reminds me of nothing much.”
In an exciting final bow for Bellew,‘The Bomber’ forced the action in the early stages of the fight with the champion increasing the pace in the mid rounds.
An unexpected fight in more ways than one, Bellew recollects the time before the contest was announced.
“I’m happy but at the same time I’m proud that I showed I could go in there and I was willing to go and face anyone,” he pointed out.
“I do remember that people were saying I wouldn’t even face this guy. He’s the best fighter in the world so I’m happy that people will remember me as someone who faced anyone.
“I didn’t care, anyone within this weight division, I’d have fought them.
“Like they say, you either make it or break and that had already happened to me. I was ill-advised not to, that I shouldn’t have but I’ve made a great career for myself,” he added.
Chandler Waller is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerWaller