Saturday, 15 March 2014
An incredible return for Tony Bellew
Tonight saw the return of Tony Bellew since his heartbreaking loss to Adonis Stevenson last year, after much talk of which direction Bellew would head in after losing his light heavyweight title shot, he decided he would carry his speed and power up to Cruiserweight. And why not considering its not one of the strongest divisions around.
Bellew came into the ring tonight knowing that only a win would suffice, and he didnt disappoint. Valery Brudov would be the man who stepping in with a slightly bigger Bellew and he nearly got the upset we all worried about. From the opening bell Bellew looked faster and sharper and in round 2 announced himself to the world as a Cruiserweight who meant business, with a hard straight right he rocked Brudov to the canvas leaving him in a position which most fightersnwould find impossible to return from.
But come back he did, with true grit and determination Brudov stayed in the fight and after being knocked down for a 2nd time managed to catch Bellew with a great right hook that looked to have ended the Liverpool mans night. Luckily Bellew held on and come back in the last 2 rounds to tee up a perfect send off for the crowd, when slipping a right hand that came his way Bellew return with huge interest and caught Brudov clean on the chin with a great shot.
That was as far as the fight went as Brudov awaited his corner for assistance when trying to sit up. It was a welcome return to the ring for Bellew and one us fight fans wont forget for a while. I still feel stamina issues remain with Bellew and when stepping up carrying the extra weight he will really need to work on this, but as far as debuts in a new division go, this couldnt have gone any better.