Saturday, August 29, 2009

British Scene Prospect Watch: Tony Bellew

Dave Oakes continues his look at the top young fighters in Britain, with a profile of Liverpool's Tony Bellew.

Tony Bellew

A likeable Scouser who’s boxing at light-heavyweight despite winning three ABA titles at heavyweight. He’s currently 9-0 with 6 stoppages.

The Positives:

He’s been busy thus far in his career, fighting nine times in under two years. He’s fought against, and knocked out, heavier fighters and looks like he’s got the punch power to take out anyone in the light-heavyweight division. He’s training at a great gym under the tuition of Anthony Farnell and isn’t too far away from a title shot.

The Negatives:

He’s yet to weigh in at 175lbs and it’ll be interesting to see how easy he can make weight. There are also question marks about his chin after he was dropped against Jevgenijs Andrejevs late last year.

The Future:

He’s targeting a fight with Commonwealth champion, Nathan Cleverly. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him fighting for the vacant title if Cleverly vacates next year. Fights against Tony Oakey, Darren Stubbs and Courtney Fry would all be good step-ups for him at this stage of his development.

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Previous Prospect Profiles

Don Broadhurst
Stephen Smith
Ryan Walsh
Jamie Cox
George Groves
Kenny Anderson
Ricky Owen

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