TONY BELLEW IMPRESSIVE, NOW FOR ANOTHER OF ROTUNDA’S FINEST LIAM SMITH

TONY BELLEW DAVE COLDWELL

Elliot Foster
 
From Jelly Babies to toffees to Tony Bellew –– all three have made my weekend recently.

 
Jelly Babies provided me with humour, toffees provided someone with a sweet dream and Tony Bellew lived that dream.
 
The 33-year-old Liverpudlian became WBC world cruiserweight champion with a three-round stoppage of Ilunga Makabu at Goodison Park on what was an historic weekend for British boxing.
 
Serious credit must go to Eddie Hearn, the team at Matchroom Sport, everyone at Liverpool City Council and all the staff involved at Everton Football Club.
 
But most of the credit –– in fact, all of it, when it comes down to it –– should go to Tony Bellew and his coach Dave Coldwell, who, together with their gameplan, made the dream –– the Real Life Rocky Story –– a reality.
 
The whole stadium boxing in cities like Liverpool has now set a precedent to show that it can be done –– and can be done to enormous success.
 
And now, after what was a great weekend in which Ricky Burns shone as he became a three-weight world champ in Glasgow last Saturday, it’s over to Hearn’s rival, Frank Warren, who hosts a show at Liverpool’s ECHO Arena, topped by Liam Smith.
 
Smith defends his WBO world super-welterweight crown against Predrag Radosevic of Montenegro, exclusively live on BoxNation.
 
The card, which is billed ‘The Homecoming’, also features a European title fight, a world title final eliminator, plus 11 other contests.
 
BoxNation go live at 6pm tomorrow.
 
My thoughts and reaction will be in next week’s column.

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