TONY BELLEW’S dream of becoming world champion took a step closer last week when promoter, Eddie Hearn, announced that the Liverpool man would challenge Congolese dangerman, Ilungu Makabu, for the vacant WBC cruiserweight title made available due to an injury sustained by Gregory Drozd. Dave Coldwell, Bellew’s trainer, is aware of the threat possessed by the African and is hard at work formulating the necessary strategy whilst also being excited at the opportunity that awaits his fighter.
“This is everything Tony has ever wanted and we can’t wait for this fight,” buzzed an ecstatic Coldwell. “He’s waited patiently for this shot and he’s done everything asked of him inside and outside the ring. We’re grateful for Eddie and Matchroom for securing this shot and now we get down to the hard work. I’ve said countless times that Tony’s desire is one of the most admirable things I’ve seen in boxing and he’s determined to win this fight for not only himself but for his family and for his city. He’s taken natural steps at cruiserweight and now is the time to take the biggest step of all and realise his goal of becoming world champion.”
In Makabu, Bellew faces one of boxing’s biggest dangerman as the Congolese puncher brings a fearsome reputation with him. After losing his maiden bout, Makabu has ended all but one of his victories 19 victories within the distance as he climbed the rankings in devastating style. The stocky southpaw has perhaps not enjoyed the exposure that his obvious talent deserves but the studious Coldwell is well aware of what lies ahead for his charge and is preparing Bellew for the fight of his life.
“He’s arguably the most dangerous cruiserweight out there and he’s someone who I rank really highly. I’ve known about him for a while as I pay a lot of attention to the division and his knockout ratio is amongst the best in world boxing. There’s good names on his record and he has a habit of winning and he’ll be more than hungry to get his hands on this belt. I made some good contacts when I went to South Africa for a Matthew Hatton fight and they’re quite big on him as well so it’s important that no stone is left unturned in our preparations. Tony has wanted this opportunity for so long now and he’s got to be prepared to go through everything to make his dreams come true. I fully believe he’s willing to do that.”