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Tony Bellew
Real name Anthony Bellew
Nickname(s) Bomber
Rated at
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Reach 74 in (188 cm)
Nationality British
Born (1982-11-30) 30 November 1982 (age 34)
Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 32
Wins 29
Wins by KO 19
Losses 2
Draws 1

Anthony "Tony" Bellew (born 30 November 1982) is a British professional boxer who has held the WBC cruiserweight title since 2016.[1] He previously held the Commonwealth light-heavyweight title from 2010 to 2011, the British light-heavyweight title from 2011 to 2014, and the European cruiserweight title from 2015 to 2016. As an amateur, Bellew is a three-time former ABA heavyweight champion.[2] He made his acting debut with a supporting role in the 2015 sports drama Creed.

Amateur career

Fighting out of Liverpool's Rotunda ABC, Bellew claimed both the 2002 and 2003 novice ABA title's by knocking out every man he faced with the exception of Rob Hough who went the whole 3 rounds from Paramount ABC (Stockport) in the under 10 bouts championships. Then, when he was eligible for the Senior championships, he stepped up to the 91 kg heavyweight class and added even more titles to his collection. In 2006 he lost to Danny Price.

Professional career

Early career

Bellew made his professional boxing debut on 6 October 2007 against journeyman Jamie Ambler and made a winning start with a second round win. He followed up the victory with further wins in 2007 over Adam Wilcox, fighting at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and Wayne Brooks at the Bolton Arena.[1]

In 2008 Bellew defeated Paul Bonson, Ayitey Powers, Hastings Rasani, Jevgenijs Andrejevs, and Phil Goodwin to take his record up to 8–0. During 2009 he advanced to an unbeaten 12–0 with further wins against the likes of Matthew Ellis, Nick Okoth, Jindrich Velecky, and Martial Bella Oleme.[1]

Commonwealth Champion

On 12 March 2010 Bellew challenged for the vacant Commonwealth title at light heavyweight beating Atoli Moore at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.[3] He made his first defence of the title on 24 September 2010 winning a hard fought victory against Bob Ajisafe at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London's Mayfair with Bellew having to recover from a flash knockdown during the fight.[2] He made his second defence of the title on 9 December 2010, returning to the Echo Arena to stop former Commonwealth champion Ovill McKenzie in the 8th round despite suffering two knockdowns himself in the fight in both the 1st and 2nd rounds.[4] On 18 May 2011 it was announced that Bellew would challenge Nathan Cleverly for the WBO light heavyweight title following a pullout from Cleverly's scheduled opponent Jürgen Brähmer with the fight due to be held only three days later on 21 May 2011. Bellew however, failed to make the weight and was replaced with Polish boxer Aleksy Kuziemski.[5] On 16 July 2011 Bellew made the third defence of his Commonwealth title and also won the vacant British belt with a repeat victory over Ovill McKenzie, with the bout this time lasting the full 12 rounds.[6][7]

World Title Challenge

Bellew vs. Cleverly

It was announced that Bellew would fight Nathan Cleverly in Liverpool, on 15 October 2011, for the WBO light heavyweight title. For the first two rounds, the fight started at a ferocious pace, with Bellew rocking Cleverly in the second round. As the fight carried on, Cleverly's boxing skills came through to wear down the resistance of Tony Bellew. Cleverly won the fight via majority decision. One judge scored the bout at 114–114 whereas the other two judges scored the bout at 117–112, and 116–113.[8][9]

Road Back to World Title Contention

After losing to Nathan Cleverly, Bellew took on Danny McIntosh for the vacant British light heavyweight title, knocking McIntosh out in the 5th Round. Next he took on former World title challenger Edison Miranda for the WBC International belt, and stopped Miranda in the 9th Round.

On 17 November 2012 he beat Argentine Roberto Bolonti for the WBC silver title. Bellew was cut badly but went the full 12 rounds to a win unanimous decision, taking him one step further to a second world title fight. On 30 March 2013, he fought Malawian boxer Isaac Chilemba in a title eliminator. Bellew started very well, but Chilemba raised his game in the later rounds. Although many felt Bellew had done enough to secure a points decision, the judges scored it a controversial draw.[10][11] Chilemba granted a rematch which Bellew won on the scorecards after 12 round, with scores of 116-112, 116-112, and 117-112.[12][13]

Bellew vs. Stevenson

Bellew was made Mandatory Challenger for the WBC light heavyweight title following the win against Chilemba. However, a fight between Adonis Stevenson and Tavoris Cloud occurred on 28 September 2013 with the winner being made to defend his title against Bellew before the end of the year. Stevenson won the fight after Cloud retired after 7 rounds. Bellew subsequently lost to Stevenson via 6th-round TKO on 30 November 2013 at the Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, his second failed attempt to win a world title. After this, he announced his intention to fight at cruiserweight.[14]

Move to cruiserweight

Bellew celebrated his first fight as a Cruiserweight with a 12th-round knockout of Valery Brudov on 15 March 2014 at the Echo Arena, Liverpool. This was for the vacant WBO International Cruiserweight title.[15] Bellew successfully defended the title on 12 July 2014 against Julio Cesar Dos Santos via a 5th-round TKO. Dos Santos went down following a left to the jaw.[16]

Bellew vs. Cleverly II

On 22 November 2014 Bellew got his rematch against Nathan Cleverly, this time they were both fighting as cruiserweights. The fight took place at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. This was also a WBO Cruiserweight Title Eliminator. The bout went 12 rounds as Bellew won via split decision 115-113, 116-112, and 114-115.[17]

Bellew vs. Bacurin, Kulikauskis

In 2015, Bellew fought two lower ranked European boxers. He defeated Ivica Bacurin via 10th-round TKO, Arturs Kulikauskis via 5th-round TKO.[18][19][20][21]

European cruiserweight champion

Bellew vs. Masternak

In December, Bellew faced highly ranked Polish contender and former world title challenger Mateusz Masternak (36-3, 26 KOs) for the vacant European Cruiserweight title.[22] Bellew produced a solid performance as the fight with Masternak was back and forth throughout. Going into the 12th round, Bellew was winning by one round. Bellew rocked Masternak late in the round badly but was unable to finish him. However, he won the fight via unanimous decision 115-112, 115-112, and 115-113 to capture the European championship.[23]

WBC cruiserweight champion

Bellew vs. Makabu

On 29 May 2016, Bellew challenged for the WBC cruiserweight title, vacated by Grigory Drozd, who had been injured and not fought since his knockout win in May 2015. Bellew faced Ilunga Makabu (19-1, 18 KOs), who had not lost since his debut back in 2008, at Goodison Park in Liverpool. Makabu was scheduled to fight Drozd, only for the Russian to pull out with an injury, prompting the WBC to strip him.[24] Bellew weighed in at 14st 3lbs 1oz while Makabu took to the scales at just over 14st.[25] Bellew overcame a first-round knock-down to deliver a thunderous knockout of Makabu and become WBC cruiserweight champion, winning his first world title.[26] During the post-fight interview, Bellew called out Denis Lebedev, but will not fight in Russia and David Haye at cruiserweight.[27]

Bellew vs. Flores

Bellew announced he would be making his first voluntary defence of his world title at the Echo Arena on 15 October, against 37-year-old American boxer BJ Flores (32-2-1, 20 KOs) live on Sky Sports. This was the first time Flores challenged for a world title, having previously fought for an interim title and the IBO title.[28] The WBC stated the winner had to fight Mairis Briedis next, the mandatory challenger, following his win over Olanrewaju Durodola.[29] Briedis also fought on the undercard stopping unbeaten British prospect Simon Vallily.[30][31]

After an even first round, the second round proved to be brutal as Bellew hit Flores on the belt. The referee did not see this as below the belt, however, Flores stopped for a few seconds to motion the referee that he had been hit with a low blow. Whilst doing so, Bellew piled on more pressure, eventually knocking Flores down. Bellew knocked Flores down a further two times in round 2 securing a 10-6 round in his favour. After a fourth knockdown in round three, Flores failed to beat the referee's count declaring Bellew the winner via knockout and making a first successful defence of the WBC world title. Following the win, Bellew immediately hit out a verbal assault on rival David Haye, who was ringside, repeating that he was next. Referring to Haye as 'SpongeBob', Bellew carried on the verbal assault in the post-fight interview using profanity and taunting Haye, stating he has been 'conning the British public' since he announced his comeback. Eddie Hearn claimed the fight could take place at heavyweight or at cruiserweight for Bellew's WBC title.[32][33][34]

Bellew vs. Haye

On 25 November 2016, Eddie Hearn announced via Twitter that Bellew's next fight would be against fellow Brit and former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye. The fight date was set for 4 March 2017 at The 02 arena, London and will be shown on Sky Box Office and will be Bellew's first heavyweight fight. Due to the fight being at heavyweight, Bellew's WBC cruiserweight title was not on the line.[35][36]

At the first press conference on 30 November, a fight broke out as Bellew and Haye went face to face and it appeared on the replay, Haye had managed to land a left hook on Bellew, leaving a mark. Both fighters were then separated before going their own ways.[37] On 3 March 2017, Haye weighed 224.9 pounds, heavier than Bellew who came in at 213lbs, a career high.[38][39] The bout started as a stalemate until the sixth round, where Haye injured his ankle and fell down twice. Bellew then took control of the fight as Haye opted to continue. Bellew knocked Haye down out of the ropes late in the eleventh round. Haye managed to make it to his feet, but his trainer Shane McQuigan threw in the towel, giving Bellew a TKO win. Bellew credited Haye for his bravery, while Haye refused to blame his injury and stated that Bellew was "by far the better fighter", though stated that he wanted a rematch.[40][41] Bellew contemplated retiring after claiming he had done it all. He also revealed he broke his hand in the early rounds.[42] With a 60-40 split of the £7 million purse, Haye earned £4.2 million while Bellew earned £2.8 million, his biggest purse by far.[43]

On 14 March, Heard said that Bellew would fight again in 2017, a day later, he told Sky Sports that Bellew may need surgery on his broken hand which could see him out of action for up to five months.[44][45]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
32 fights 29 wins 2 losses
By knockout 19 1
By decision 10 1
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
32 Win 29–2–1 United Kingdom David Haye TKO 11 (12), 2:16 4 Mar 2017 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England
31 Win 28–2–1 United States BJ Flores KO 3 (12), 2:11 15 Oct 2016 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England Retained WBC cruiserweight title
30 Win 27–2–1 Democratic Republic of the Congo Ilunga Makabu KO 3 (12), 1:20 29 May 2016 United Kingdom Goodison Park, Liverpool, England Won vacant WBC cruiserweight title
29 Win 26–2–1 Poland Mateusz Masternak UD 12 12 Dec 2015 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Won vacant European cruiserweight title
28 Win 25–2–1 Latvia Arturs Kulikauskis TKO 5 (8), 2:07 5 Sep 2015 United Kingdom First Direct Arena, Leeds, England
27 Win 24–2–1 Croatia Ivica Bacurin TKO 10 (10), 1:12 26 Jun 2015 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
26 Win 23–2–1 United Kingdom Nathan Cleverly SD 12 22 Nov 2014 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
25 Win 22–2–1 Brazil Julio Cesar Dos Santos TKO 5 (12), 1:17 12 Jul 2014 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England Retained WBO International cruiserweight title
24 Win 21–2–1 Russia Valery Brudov KO 12 (12), 2:24 15 Mar 2014 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England Won vacant WBO International cruiserweight title
23 Loss 20–2–1 Canada Adonis Stevenson TKO 6 (12), 1:50 30 Nov 2013 Canada Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada For WBC, The Ring, and lineal light-heavyweight titles
22 Win 20–1–1 Malawi Isaac Chilemba UD 12 25 May 2013 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Retained WBC Silver light-heavyweight title
21 Draw 19–1–1 Malawi Isaac Chilemba SD 12 30 Mar 2013 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England Retained WBC Silver light-heavyweight title
20 Win 19–1 Argentina Roberto Bolonti UD 12 17 Nov 2012 United Kingdom Capital FM Arena, Nottingham, England Won vacant WBC Silver light-heavyweight title
19 Win 18–1 Colombia Edison Miranda TKO 9 (12), 1:54 8 Sep 2012 United Kingdom Alexandra Palace, London, England Won vacant WBC Silver International light-heavyweight title
18 Win 17–1 United Kingdom Danny McIntosh KO 5 (12), 0:38 27 Apr 2012 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England Retained British light-heavyweight title
17 Loss 16–1 United Kingdom Nathan Cleverly MD 12 15 Oct 2011 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England For WBO light-heavyweight title
16 Win 16–0 United Kingdom Ovill McKenzie UD 12 16 Jul 2011 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England Retained Commonwealth light-heavyweight title;
Won vacant British light-heavyweight title
15 Win 15–0 United Kingdom Ovill McKenzie TKO 8 (12), 2:46 11 Dec 2010 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England Retained Commonwealth light-heavyweight title
14 Win 14–0 United Kingdom Bob Ajisafe UD 12 24 Sep 2010 United Kingdom Grosvenor House Hotel, London, England
13 Win 13–0 Ghana Atoli Moore TKO 1 (12), 2:27 12 Mar 2010 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England Won vacant Commonwealth light-heavyweight title
12 Win 12–0 France Martial Bella Oleme PTS 6 5 Dec 2009 United Kingdom Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England
11 Win 11–0 Czech Republic Jindrich Velecky TKO 1 (8), 1:28 30 Oct 2009 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
10 Win 10–0 United Kingdom Nick Okoth TKO 3 (8) 18 Sep 2009 United Kingdom Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, London, England
9 Win 9–0 United Kingdom Mathew Ellis TKO 4 (6), 0:37 15 May 2009 United Kingdom Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland
8 Win 8–0 United Kingdom Phil Goodwin KO 2 (4), 1:49 12 Dec 2008 United Kingdom Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes, England
7 Win 7–0 Latvia Jevgenijs Andrejevs PTS 4 10 Oct 2008 United Kingdom Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool, England
6 Win 6–0 Zimbabwe Hastings Rasani TKO 1 (4), 1:52 6 Sep 2008 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
5 Win 5–0 Ghana Ayitey Powers PTS 4 10 Jul 2008 United Kingdom Goresbrook Leisure Centre, London, England
4 Win 4–0 United Kingdom Paul Bonson PTS 4 5 Apr 2008 United Kingdom Bolton Arena, Bolton, England
3 Win 3–0 United Kingdom Wayne Brooks KO 3 (4), 3:00 8 Dec 2007 United Kingdom Bolton Arena, Bolton, England
2 Win 2–0 United Kingdom Adam Wilcox TKO 3 (4), 1:56 3 Nov 2007 United Kingdom Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales
1 Win 1–0 United Kingdom Jamie Ambler TKO 2 (4), 1:00 6 Oct 2007 United Kingdom Nottingham Arena, Nottingham, England Professional debut

Personal life

Bellew is biracial; his mother is black.[46][47] He has three sons and lives with his girlfriend, Rachael, in Aughton, Lancashire.

Bellew is an avid supporter of Everton FC, and has been paraded on the Goodison Park pitch at half-time during a game. He enters the ring to the theme from Z-Cars, the same song that the players enter the pitch to during matches at Everton's home ground (Goodison Park).


  • Creed (2015) as "Pretty" Ricky Conlan


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Sporting positions
Amateur boxing titles
Mick O'Connell
ABA heavyweight champion
John Dickenson
Regional boxing titles
Title last held by
Nathan Cleverly
Commonwealth light-heavyweight champion
12 March 2010 – 16 July 2011
Title next held by
Ovill McKenzie
British light-heavyweight champion
16 July 2011 – March 2014
Title next held by
Bob Ajisafe
New title WBC Silver International light-heavyweight champion
12 March 2010 – 17 November 2012
Won full Silver title
Title next held by
Ryno Liebenberg
Title last held by
Mikkel Kessler
WBC Silver light-heavyweight champion
17 November 2012 – 30 November 2013
Lost bid for world title
Title last held by
Neil Dawson
WBO International cruiserweight champion
15 March 2014 – November 2014
Title next held by
Noel Gevor
Title last held by
Rakhim Chakhkiev
European cruiserweight champion
12 December 2015 – 6 January 2016
Title next held by
Dmytro Kucher
World boxing titles
Title last held by
Grigory Drozd
as champion in recess
WBC cruiserweight champion
29 May 2016 – present