Bellow Wins World Title!

Wednesday, 1 June 2016  |  Carl


Tony Bellew says his dream has come true after becoming the new WBC world cruiserweight champion at Goodison Park.

Bellew (27-2-1 KO17) enjoyed a fairy tale night at the home of his beloved Everton on Sunday, claiming the WBC strap with a thunderous third-round knockout of Ilunga Makabu (19-2 KO18).

The 33-year-old took a short break from the ring last year to star alongside Sylvester Stallone in the Hollywood movie Creed, but he insists his world title win has topped that experience.  

"It was the most defining moment in my whole life. I have built this thing up for 20 years. I've wanted to be world champion and now I am champion of the world," Bellew told Sky Sports News HQ.

He added: "If someone wrote my story and my life, the director would probably say 'take it away, it's nonsense, it couldn't happen'. But it has happened and this is far beyond movies, this stuff. 

"It's what dreams are made of, it really, really is. The movie, Creed, was amazing, but this far supersedes and exceeds my wildest of dreams.

"The people who were in the dressing room last night know how much it means to me and how much I've put at stake. I have always dreamed of being this WBC champion. 

The former WBA world heavyweight champion returned to the ring in January following a three-year absence and has since claimed victories over the unheralded Mark de Mori and Arnold Gjergjaj.

When asked about potential upcoming opponents, Bellew added: "I am best the cruiserweight in the world right now and I know that is a fact.

"I've got to speak to Eddie, who has been fantastic for me. The day I met Eddie Hearn was the day that this dream was close to become a reality. 

"Through the ups and downs that we've had, we're here and I am champion of the world."


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