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Editorial By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Tony Bellew beat ex-WBA World Heavyweight champion David Haye at heavyweight twice. With superior skill and movement, Bellew ground the bum legged Haye into submission twice. From 2007 to 2018, Bellew, Liverpool, United Kingdom, compiled a respectable professional record of 30-3-1 with 20 knockouts.
Bellew held the British and WBC Silver Light Heavyweight titles, but had a rough go at 175 pounds. Bellew lost and won 12 round decisions with future WBA world light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly, and drew and won 12 rounds with rugged Isaac Chilemba. He was stopped in six rounds by WBC World Light Heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson. Bellew won the European and WBC World Cruiserweight title, which he defended twice in the 200-pound weight class. He then moved up to heavyweight and defeated Haye twice. It was 25 months before he returned to the cruiserweight division and faced Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine, the WBA, WBC, IBF and IBO World Cruiserweight titleholder, and got stopped in eight rounds of a mismatch.
Bellew was stopped in Quebec City, Canada, by Stevenson in 2013, the only time Bellew fought outside of the United Kingdom. Credit has to be given to Bellew for fighting only the best of all opponents available. However, if he could not survive Usyk at 200 pounds, Confucius say his two wins over a washed up David Haye would not have put him in good company against Tyson Fury, Hughie Fury, Dillian Whyte, Dereck Chisora, or any of the other real top British heavyweights if Bellew had stayed at heavyweight. Bellew, who will turn 36 years old on November 30, 2018, wisely called it a day after being decked and stopped by Usyk at Manchester Arena on November 10, and would be wise to stay retired.
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