It is time for me to finally leave the ring, the bell has rung for the final time and I want to thank you all for the support you have given me over the years, it is not the end of my story though so keep an eye on https://t.co/hsCbVmBcMc #bomberbellew #retirement pic.twitter.com/jDUdFZWiB5
— Tony Bellew (@TonyBellew) November 22, 2018
Tony Bellew has confirmed that he’s officially retired, with a video released on Thursday.
The 35-year-old former cruiserweight champion pledged prior to his November 10th undisputed cruiserweight title fight with Oleksandr Usyk, that it would be his final fight, and confirmed it in a message to his fans.
“It is time for me to finally leave the ring, the bell has rung for the final time and I want to thank you all for the support you have given me over the years,” Bellew said on Twitter.
“Today I am announcing that I am officially retired, there will be no more fighting. The only thing you will see me doing from hereon in is trying to act sensible and behave myself.”
While Bellew would be knocked out in his final fight by Usyk, Bellew walked away with an astounding 30-4 record, including his 2016 WBC cruiserweight title victory over Ilunga Makabu and his two stoppage wins over David Haye.
Bellew joked the only way he’d return to the ring is if “Eddie [Hearn] gets £100m together for me and offers me one more fight, what do I say? Wow, wow – that is probably what I would say.
“Wow, wow and then walk into the missus and say, ‘Eddie has come on board with £100m’ and she would probably hand me divorce papers. Money is good but money comes and goes, that is the best way of saying it.”
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