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Usyk vs Bellew: Some of Britain’s biggest boxing stars give us their memories of Tony Bellew’s career | Boxing News

Chisora, Whyte, Froch, Brook, Khan, Nelson and more on Bellew’s career

Last Updated: 11/11/18 8:34am








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An emotional Tony Bellew confirmed his retirement from boxing and paid tribute to Oleksandr Usyk after being knocked out in the eighth round

An emotional Tony Bellew confirmed his retirement from boxing and paid tribute to Oleksandr Usyk after being knocked out in the eighth round

Tony Bellew’s career came to an end at the hands of undisputed cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk, so we caught up with some of British boxing’s biggest names at the Manchester Arena as they paid tribute to the “fat Scouser”, in and out of the ring…

Brave Bellew knocked out by Usyk

Tony Bellew’s final fight ended in a brutal eighth-round knockout by Oleksandr Usyk

Derek Chisora

I’ve known him for a long time, from the amateurs to the professionals. I’ll always remember the fight with David Haye and me sparring him for that. He’ll always bring a smile to my face.

Derek Chisora

Vasyl Lomachenko

Dillian Whyte

“His heart will stand out for me. He was a warrior and he fought hard and kept coming back even after those two losses. He’s done so well and he should be proud of what he’s achieved and the way he achieved it.”

Eddie Hearn

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Eddie Hearn says Tony Bellew has given so much to boxing and people have got to see the real him over the last few years

Eddie Hearn says Tony Bellew has given so much to boxing and people have got to see the real him over the last few years

Billy Graham

“I really hope this is the end for him. I’ve known Tony for a long time, him and the Smith brothers used to come into my gym a long time ago and even if he’d won, I’d have wanted him to retire. It’s been a great story and he has got nothing left to prove. I think we are definitely going to miss Tony Bellew. He was never in a dull fight and is a great kid.”

Jamie Carragher

Rocky Fielding

“He would fight anyone and when he did he would turn up and give everything to it. He’s had the whole of Liverpool behind him, so will still be around, but he will be missed.”

Frank Bruno

Kell Brook

I can remember us saying to each other when we were with Frank Warren that we were just happy to have our picture on the promotional poster. That was the first thing I remember, but look at what he’s done since then. He’s been in movies, he’s beaten David Haye, he’s been a world champion and then tried to unify. My hat goes off to him.

Kell Brook

Lennox Lewis

Amir Khan

“It was a sad way to see him finish his career but he can hold his head high, that’s for sure. He is a great champion and it’s been a great career. He’s been a courageous fight and he has been a warrior. You’ve only got to see who he’s been in with; he has just been in with one of the best pound-for-pound fighters and showed a lot of heart. You can only respect Tony Bellew.”

Carl Frampton

Spencer Oliver

“Let’s go right back eight years to his fight with Ovill McKenzie, when he was down three times, he scraped through and look how he changed it around. Then against Adonis Stevenson he flat, dead, at light-heavyweight, found his weight at cruiserweight, won the world title, then moved up to heavyweight beat David Haye twice against all the odds, then came back down to take on one of the best in Usyk. As a person, he is full of charisma, full of entertainment and is exactly what the fight fans want to see. He is a people’s champion and I think, one of Britain’s all-time greats.”

David Haye

Carl Froch

The one thing that will stand out for me is the Ilunga Makabu fight, Goodison Park, world title, just brilliant. Nothing else really is imprinted into the memory bank like that. He’s a great guy, who wears his heart on his sleeve and look at tonight, he went out on his shield.”

Carl Froch

Michael Owen

Johnny Nelson

“Tony Bellew dared. He never backed down from anyone and to take on Usyk in his last fight, says it all. Usyk is a fighter he admired and how he thought he was something special and that was not for show. He made Usyk think and he has done that in those fights we will all remember.”

Ricky Hatton

Darren Barker

Tony is a gentleman. He is well-mannered, a family man and he’s great to be around. It’s exciting when he’s around and he was exciting in the ring, the total package. He proved most people wrong three times – against Haye (twice) and Makabu and will massively missed.

Darren Barker

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