Tony Bellew: Britain’s former world cruiserweight champion retires from boxing


Tony Bellew was beaten by Oleksandr Usyk at the Manchester Arena on 10 November in his final fight

Former world cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew has confirmed his retirement from boxing, 12 days after his defeat by Oleksandr Usyk.

In the aftermath of the eighth-round loss to the Ukrainian, the Briton said his career in the ring was “over”.

Everton fan Bellew said his greatest achievement was beating Ilunga Makabu at his beloved Goodison Park in 2016 to win the WBC cruiserweight title.

“There will be no more fighting from me,” said Bellew, who retires aged 35.

The Liverpudlian, who won 33 of his 34 professional fights, added: “The only thing you will see me doing from here on in is trying to act sensible and being myself. I have had a fantastic career and have realised my dreams.”

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