|Real name||Anthony Lewis Bellew|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Reach||74 in (188 cm)|
30 November 1982|
Liverpool, Merseyside, England
|Wins by KO||20|
Anthony Lewis Bellew (born 30 November 1982) is a British professional boxer. He held the WBC cruiserweight title from 2016 to 2017, and previously the British and Commonwealth light-heavyweight titles between 2010 and 2014, and the European cruiserweight title from 2015 to 2016. As an amateur, Bellew is a three-time ABA heavyweight champion. He made his acting debut with an antagonist role in the 2015 sports drama and Rocky franchise spin-off, Creed.
- 1 Amateur career
- 2 Professional career
- 2.1 Light-heavyweight
- 2.2 Cruiserweight
- 2.3 Heavyweight
- 2.4 Return to cruiserweight
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Professional boxing record
- 5 Filmography
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Fighting out of Liverpool's Rotunda ABC, Bellew claimed both the 2002 and 2003 novice ABA titles by knocking out every man he faced with the exception of Rob Hough who went the 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.
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.
In 2008 Bellew defeated Paul Bonson, Ayitey Powers, Hastings Rasani, Jevgēņijs 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 Matthew Ellis, Nick Okoth, Jindrich Velecky, and Martial Bella Oleme.
On 12 March 2010 Bellew challenged for the vacant Commonwealth title at light heavyweight beating Atoli Moore at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. He made his first defence of the title on 24 September 2010 winning a 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. 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.
Bellew vs. McKenzie I, II
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. 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.
Bellew vs. Cleverly
It was announced that Bellew would fight Nathan Cleverly in Liverpool, on 15 October 2011, for the WBO light heavyweight title. 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.
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.
Bellew vs. Chilemba I, II
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. The judges scored it a controversial draw. Chilemba granted a rematch which Bellew won on the scorecards after 12 round, with scores of 116–112, 116–112, and 117–112.
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 became the first boxer to stop Bellew winning the fight via TKO. In round 6, Stevenson put Bellew down with a left hand, he beat the count and the referee let the fight go on. Bellew was then knocked out standing by another pair of left hands before the referee could get in and put a stop to the bout. At the time of stoppage, Stevenson was ahead on the scorecards 50–45, 49–46, and 50–45. Bellew contemplated moving up to cruiserweight after the loss. According to Nielsen Media Research firm, the fight attracted an average of 1.3 million viewers on the HBO network, making it the 5th most watched bout of 2013.
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. 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.
Bellew vs. Cleverly II
On 22 November 2014 Bellew got his rematch against Nathan Cleverly, this time fighting as cruiserweights. The fight took place at the Echo Arena in Liverpool also a WBO cruiserweight championship eliminator. The title was held by Marco Huck at the time. The bout went 12 rounds as Bellew won via split decision 115–113, 116–112, and 114–115. In the post-fight interview, Bellew said, "I'm over the moon, listen it's over, it's put to bed. We said a lot of things. I don't like him now, but it's been settled tonight. It's over, it's done and I've outworked a great athlete." He also stated that he would accept a rematch at Millennium Stadium if there was any demand for it. Cleverly said he struggled with dealing with Bellew at a higher weight. After the fight, Cleverly moved back down to light heavyweight.
Bellew vs. Masternak
On 29 November 2015, Sky Sports confirmed that Bellew would fight highly ranked Polish contender and former world title challenger Mateusz Masternak (36-3, 26 KOs) for the vacant European cruiserweight title.The fight took place on 12 December at the O2 Arena in London. 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 won the fight via unanimous decision 115–112, 115–112, and 115–113 to capture the European championship.
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. Bellew weighed in at 14st 3lbs 1oz while Makabu took to the scales at just over 14st. Bellew overcame a first-round knockdown to deliver a thunderous knockout of Makabu and become WBC champion, winning his first world title. During the post-fight interview, Bellew called out Denis Lebedev, but not in Russia and David Haye at cruiserweight.
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. The WBC stated the winner had to fight Mairis Briedis next, the mandatory challenger, following his win over Olanrewaju Durodola. Briedis also fought on the undercard stopping unbeaten British prospect Simon Vallily. Mairis Briedis agreed to take a step a side fee to allow this fight to take place.
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 called out 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.
Bellew vs. Haye I, II
On 25 November 2016, Eddie Hearn announced via Twitter that Bellew's next fight would be against fellow Briton and former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye. The fight date was set for 4 March 2017 at The O2 Arena, London and was shown on Sky Box Office and was Bellew's first heavyweight fight. Due to the fight being at heavyweight, Bellew's WBC cruiserweight title was not on the line.
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. On 3 March 2017, Haye weighed 224.9 pounds, heavier than Bellew who came in at 213lbs, a career high. 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 McGuigan 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. Bellew contemplated retiring after claiming he had done it all. He also revealed he broke his hand in the early rounds. At the time of stoppage, Bellew lead on all three scorecards 96–93. With a 60-40 split of the £7 million purse, Haye earned £4.2 million while Bellew eaned £2.8 million, his biggest purse by far. It was reported that the fight generated 890,000 buys on Box Office PPV.
On 14 March, Hearn 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.
On 28 March, WBC changed Bellew's world championship status to Emeritus champion. This also meant the winner between Marco Huck and Mairis Briedis on 1 April would become new world champion and not Interim, as it was initially announced. The bout was won by Briedis, thus making him the new WBC champion.
In June 2017, Bellew stated that he would next fight in either November or December 2017. He had three potential names to consider, those being WBO champion Joseph Parker, WBC champion Deontay Wilder and a rematch with David Haye (28-3, 26 KOs). Parker was his main interest.
In July 2017, Bellew admitted that a potential fight with widely regarded pound for pound number one fighter and unified light-heavyweight champion Andre Ward was of interest and the teams of the respective fighters were currently in negotiations. On 3 August, Hearn stated a rematch between Bellew and Haye was 'virtually dead', due to both fighters believing they are the A-side and have the right to demand ring walks, poster, changing rooms and split of purse. On 6 September, Hearn stated a deal could be made within seven days. According to trainer David Coldwell, both Haye and Bellew had held positive talks and looking more likely to agree to a fight, as long they stay on the same page and agree to the same terms. On 19 September, Haye agreed all the terms and tweeted Bellew to sign the contract. He said, "It's taken months of negotiating but teams have finally agreed all terms for Haye-Bellew 2. Will Bellew put pen to paper?" The fight was reported to take place on Sunday 17 December 2017. Promoter Eddie Hearn stated the fight was not a done deal, but he had hoped to confirm the fight within a week. Bellew replied the following day, tweeting, "I OBLIGE YOU @mrdavidhaye , happy? Now leave me alone with my family please. I'll see you soon enough!" The fight was officially confirmed on 29 September for the fight to take place at the O2 Arena in London. Bellew claimed the rematch wasn't personal any more, just business and hoping to dedicate a win to his late brother-in-law, who had passed away in August. Haye stated that Bellew wouldn't win the lottery twice. Like the first fight, it was scheduled to be shown live on Sky Box Office.
On 20 November, it was reported that Haye had injured his arm and forced to pull out of the fight. In a statement, Haye said, "I am devastated to announce my much-anticipated rematch against Tony Bellew has been postponed until March 24 or May 5, subject to scheduling." It was believed that the injury occurred during a stair conditioning session. Bellew was said to be disappointed with Haye's announcement, but stated he may take an interim bout. Hours after the cancellation was confirmed, Tyson Fury released a video on social media calling out Bellew. In the video, he said, "I'll be ready, willing and waiting to fight Tony Bellew, May 5, O2 Arena, London." Dillian Whyte tweeted Hearn about taking Haye's place and then called Bellew a coward for declining the fight. Speaking about a potential Fury fight, trainer Dave Coldwell said, "That's not a fight I would entertain whatsoever. Fury is big, long and very, very clever in that ring. There's no way that I'd be interested in that fight." The fight was rescheduled for 5 May 2018. Haye weighed 220.2 pounds, 4 pounds lighter than the first fight. Bellew also came in lighter 210.4 pounds.
Bellew knocked Haye down three times eventually winning the fight via TKO in round 5. Haye started the opening two rounds using his jab, leaving a mark around Bellew's right eye. As round 3 started, both boxers started getting closer unloading power shots. As Haye started to step backwards around the ring, Bellew landed clean, dropping Haye. At this point it appeared Haye may have injured his ankle, with the Sky commentary team mentioning this, as well as the post fight interviewer. Haye later denied he was injured. Bellew then dropped Haye again with a hard combination. Bellew came out cautiously in round 4, still wary of Haye's power. In round 5, both traded punches, but it was a left hook from Bellew that dropped Haye a third time. Haye managed to beat the count again, not long before Bellew started unloading a barrage of punches. With Haye against the ropes, referee Howard Foster stepped in at 2 minutes, 14 seconds, giving Bellew his second stoppage win over Haye. Immediately after the fight Haye congratulated Bellew on the win. Bellew went on to dedicate the win to Ashley, his brother-in-law, who passed away in August 2017. He also mentioned Andre Ward, who his team had brief negotiations with in 2017. Haye stated he would review the tapes and see what went wrong. According to Compubox Stats, Haye landed 42 of 189 punches thrown (22%), only 6 being power punches and Bellew landed 70 of his 219 thrown (32%), with 34 being power punches. Both boxers earned a minimum purse of £2.5 million for the fight, which would likely increase based on TV revenue and PPV shares.
Return to cruiserweight
Bellew vs. Usyk
On 21 July 2018, Oleksandr Usyk (15-0, 11 KOs) defeated Murat Gassiev via unanimous decision to become the undisputed cruiserweight world champion and become the first boxer to lift the Muhammad Ali Trophy. When asked who he would like to fight next, Usyk said, "At this time I have heard that Tony Bellew wants to fight the winner of the Muhammad Ali Trophy. I hope he will see me talking.... 'hey Tony Bellew, are you ready?' If he doesn't want to go down, I will go up for him. I will eat more spaghetti for my dinner!" Bellew responded via Social Media that he would accept the fight, however stated the fight would need to take place in 2018 and for the undisputed championship. Bellew believed a fight at heavyweight would not be as appealing as he would not gain much with a win. Bellew also stated it would be last fight as a professional. By the end of July, it was said the fight would likely take place in November 2018 in London. After positive meetings between Eddie Hearn and K2's Alexander Krassyuk, on 20 August, Boxing Scene reported the fight was likely to take place on 10 November 2018. A week later, K2 Promotions confirmed the date of the fight. On 5 September, the WBA ordered for Usyk to start negotiating with Denis Lebedev (30-2, 22 KO), who was their 'champion in recess' and gave them until the first week of October 2018 to complete negotiations. The was said to be a stumbling block for the potential Usyk vs. Bellew fight. According to Hearn, the fight was likely to be pushed back to 2019. Prior to negotiations, Bellew stated the fight must happen in 2018. On 7 September, Usyk signed a multi-fight deal with Matchroom Boxing, which meant he would fight exclusively on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in USA. A week after signing with Matchroom, the Usyk vs. Bellew fight announced to take place on 10 November at the Manchester Arena, live and exclusive on Sky Box Office.
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).
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|33 fights||30 wins||2 losses|
|34||N/A||N/A||Oleksandr Usyk||N/A||– (12)||10 Nov 2018||Manchester Arena, Manchester, England||For WBA (Unified), WBC, IBF, WBO, The Ring, and lineal cruiserweight titles|
|33||Win||30–2–1||David Haye||TKO||5 (12), 2:14||5 May 2018||The O2 Arena, London, England|
|32||Win||29–2–1||David Haye||TKO||11 (12), 2:16||4 Mar 2017||The O2 Arena, London, England|
|31||Win||28–2–1||BJ Flores||KO||3 (12), 2:11||15 Oct 2016||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England||Retained WBC cruiserweight title|
|30||Win||27–2–1||Ilunga Makabu||KO||3 (12), 1:20||29 May 2016||Goodison Park, Liverpool, England||Won vacant WBC cruiserweight title|
|29||Win||26–2–1||Mateusz Masternak||UD||12||12 Dec 2015||The O2 Arena, London, England||Won vacant European cruiserweight title|
|28||Win||25–2–1||Artūrs Kuļikauskis||TKO||5 (8), 2:07||5 Sep 2015||First Direct Arena, Leeds, England|
|27||Win||24–2–1||Ivica Bačurin||TKO||10 (10), 1:12||26 Jun 2015||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England|
|26||Win||23–2–1||Nathan Cleverly||SD||12||22 Nov 2014||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England|
|25||Win||22–2–1||Julio Cesar Dos Santos||TKO||5 (12), 1:17||12 Jul 2014||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England||Retained WBO International cruiserweight title|
|24||Win||21–2–1||Valery Brudov||KO||12 (12), 2:24||15 Mar 2014||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England||Won vacant WBO International cruiserweight title|
|23||Loss||20–2–1||Adonis Stevenson||TKO||6 (12), 1:50||30 Nov 2013||Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada||For WBC, The Ring, and lineal light-heavyweight titles|
|22||Win||20–1–1||Isaac Chilemba||UD||12||25 May 2013||The O2 Arena, London, England||Retained WBC Silver light-heavyweight title|
|21||Draw||19–1–1||Isaac Chilemba||SD||12||30 Mar 2013||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England||Retained WBC Silver light-heavyweight title|
|20||Win||19–1||Roberto Bolonti||UD||12||17 Nov 2012||Capital FM Arena, Nottingham, England||Won vacant WBC Silver light-heavyweight title|
|19||Win||18–1||Edison Miranda||TKO||9 (12), 1:54||8 Sep 2012||Alexandra Palace, London, England||Won vacant WBC International Silver light-heavyweight title|
|18||Win||17–1||Danny McIntosh||KO||5 (12), 0:38||27 Apr 2012||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England||Retained British light-heavyweight title|
|17||Loss||16–1||Nathan Cleverly||MD||12||15 Oct 2011||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England||For WBO light-heavyweight title|
|16||Win||16–0||Ovill McKenzie||UD||12||16 Jul 2011||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England||Retained Commonwealth light-heavyweight title;|
Won vacant British light-heavyweight title
|15||Win||15–0||Ovill McKenzie||TKO||8 (12), 2:46||11 Dec 2010||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England||Retained Commonwealth light-heavyweight title|
|14||Win||14–0||Bob Ajisafe||UD||12||24 Sep 2010||Grosvenor House Hotel, London, England|
|13||Win||13–0||Atoli Moore||TKO||1 (12), 2:27||12 Mar 2010||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England||Won vacant Commonwealth light-heavyweight title|
|12||Win||12–0||Martial Bella Oleme||PTS||6||5 Dec 2009||Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England|
|11||Win||11–0||Jindrich Velecky||TKO||1 (8), 1:28||30 Oct 2009||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England|
|10||Win||10–0||Nick Okoth||TKO||3 (8)||18 Sep 2009||Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, London, England|
|9||Win||9–0||Mathew Ellis||TKO||4 (6), 0:37||15 May 2009||Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|8||Win||8–0||Phil Goodwin||KO||2 (4), 1:49||12 Dec 2008||Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes, England|
|7||Win||7–0||Jevgēņijs Andrejevs||PTS||4||10 Oct 2008||Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool, England|
|6||Win||6–0||Hastings Rasani||TKO||1 (4), 1:52||6 Sep 2008||Manchester Arena, Manchester, England|
|5||Win||5–0||Ayitey Powers||PTS||4||10 Jul 2008||Goresbrook Leisure Centre, London, England|
|4||Win||4–0||Paul Bonson||PTS||4||5 Apr 2008||Bolton Arena, Bolton, England|
|3||Win||3–0||Wayne Brooks||KO||3 (4), 3:00||8 Dec 2007||Bolton Arena, Bolton, England|
|2||Win||2–0||Adam Wilcox||TKO||3 (4), 1:56||3 Nov 2007||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales|
|1||Win||1–0||Jamie Ambler||TKO||2 (4), 1:00||6 Oct 2007||Nottingham Arena, Nottingham, England|
|2015||Creed||"Pretty" Ricky Conlan|
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|Amateur boxing titles|
| ABA heavyweight champion
|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held byNathan Cleverly
12 March 2010 – 16 July 2011
Title next held byOvill McKenzie
| British light-heavyweight champion
16 July 2011 – March 2014
Title next held byBob Ajisafe
|New title|| WBC International Silver
12 March 2010 – 17 November 2012
Won full Silver title
Title next held byRyno Liebenberg
Title last held byMikkel Kessler
| WBC Silver|
17 November 2012 – 30 November 2013
Lost bid for world title
Title last held byNeil Dawson
| WBO International
15 March 2014 – November 2014
Title next held byNoel Gevor
Title last held byRakhim Chakhkiev
| European cruiserweight champion
12 December 2015 – 6 January 2016
Title next held byDmytro Kucher
|World boxing titles|
Title last held byGrigory Drozd
as champion in recess
| WBC cruiserweight champion
29 May 2016 – 28 March 2017
Title next held byMairis Briedis