Tony Bellew achieved a life long dream last night, knocking out Ilunga Makabu to win the vacant WBC cruiserweight world title at the home of his beloved Everton Football Club, Goodison Park.
In front of a crowd of 17,000 – a great achievement considering the promotion for the fight lasted a mere three and a half weeks – Bellew bulldozed his highly ranked Congolese opponent to the canvas in round three.
After a good start in round one, the crowd were shocked into a silence after a straight left hand put Bellew onto the seat of his pants and into a backwards roll, thankfully the home fighter regained his feet and senses almost instantly as the bell sounded to end the round.
Trainer Dave Coldwell was again pivotal to the Bellew cause, demanding his fighter to “not get greedy” as he left the stool for round two and his charge took heed of that suggestion, putting his shots together nicely and then backing out away from Makabu’s wild counters.
Round three saw Bellew take control of the fight bludgeoning Makabu against the ropes, the crowd were tense as the southpaw looked for counters but a sickening left hook followed by a right hand gave Bellew the victory as the crowd ignited into a frenzy.
“Nothing was going to stop me tonight. I’ve achieved the dream tonight – Fish eyes you said I couldn’t do it – I’M WBC WORLD CHAMPION! I can’t believe it.”