Hollywood star Bellew wins cruiserweight world title601 views
LIVERPOOL (AFP) – Hollywood actor Tony Bellew recovered from a first round knock-down to win the vacant WBC cruiserweight world title with a third round knock-out of Ilunga Makabu on Sunday (May 29).
It was a case of third time lucky for Everton fan Bellew after twice coming up short when challenging for light-heavyweight world titles previously.
But Bellew, who acted alongside Sylvester Stallone in the 2015 boxing movie Creed, picked himself off the canvas after a hard first round knock-down to knock his Congolese opponent out cold in the third at Everton’s Goodison Park football stadium.
“I got knocked down but that’s what I do,” Bellew told Sky Sports. “I told you I am Everton. That’s why I got up. Nothing was going to stop me tonight.
“I cried in the dressing room two hours ago when I got here. I achieved the dream tonight, I am world champion, that’s what I am.”
Bellew looked tentative in the second but he started to open up his shots in the third and soon had Makabu, 28, on the ropes before landing a left-hand shot that had the Congolese fighter unconscious before he hit the canvas.