Bellew Looks Forward To A Normal Life
On Saturday, Tony Bellew walked away from the sport of boxing, now Anthony Bellew starves for a normal life outside of the squared circle.
Bellew would be stopped in his final professional fight, as Oleksandr Usyk would knock out the Liverpool native in the eighth-round of their battle for the undisputed cruiserweight championship.
After his loss, Bellew said even with a loss, he’s happy he took the fight with Usyk. “I just tried to take that one final step and, you know what, I wasn’t good enough, but I’ll be able to live with that forever,” claimed the former WBC cruiserweight champion. “If I wouldn’t have taken this fight, that would have killed me because I would have always been ‘was I good enough?’ The fact of the matter is I just wasn’t, he’s better than me.
“Part of me feels like I’ve failed again but it’s boxing at the highest level, so you’ve got to accept you can’t always win.
“If I’m being honest I got tired for the first time in my entire career. I don’t know why or how it happened, but I just got tired. He’s brilliant, I have no bad words to say about Oleksandr, I only wish him well.
“I went out against the best cruiserweight and he can lay claim to being the greatest cruiserweight of all time.
“No excuses, I gave it everything I had, I couldn’t have prepared any better. My career is over. I’ve been doing this for 20 years.”
“I sit here as a loser and I feel heartbroken and f***** but I’ve won in life,” Bellew said of his wife and children. “When I was expelled from school I had nothing and nowhere to go.”
“My three boys are multi-millionaires and I’ve earned every single penny by punching people in the face, I never dreamed this would ever be possible.
“Ultimately, I can’t thank my team enough: my wife, my dad, my mum, my family, my brother. And a massive part is these two (Hearn and Coldwell, who were sat either side of him).”
He added: “The only thing to say is: I just want to disappear, please leave me alone. I just want to be a normal person, I’ve never wanted anything more than to be just a normal man.
“My plan was to fulfil my media obligations that I always do and then on November 15,” Bellew said of what’s next for him after the loss at Manchester Arena. “You guys call me Tony Bellew, I only created the name Tony Bellew to make my old fella proud. My name’s Anthony Bellew, I’m Tony when I turn up to these cameras, everyone who truly knows me calls me Anthony.
“Tony Bellew died tonight, Anthony Bellew comes back alive. I want reality back, I want a normal life and I will find it.”
Initial Report: Boxing Scene