Tony Bellew vs Ilunga Makabu
BY KID HERSH
Goodison Park Stadium was packed with Bellew supporters in his attempt at the "Real Life Rocky" story. This story featured Tony Bellew (26-2-1, 16ko's) vs Ilunga Makabu(19-1, 18ko's). In the first round it was a big feeler until the end of it when Bellew backed Makabu into the ropes and appeared to hurt him with body shots and other sharp, powerful connects that broke through the guard. Just when Bellew was getting confident though he got caught with a left hand that somehow he was not prepared for (brain fart!?) and it sent him down and rolling a complete somersault for a knockdown. He got up and looked ok in closing out the round with very little time to go. In the second round he bought time and Makabu let him sit back as it was mostly a round of each guy staring at the other until the closing seconds when Bellew had some success when he let some punches loose. What I didn't like seeing was Makabu's reaction when. He was hit flush with a right hand - which was about the worst way a guy could take a shot as his body seemed to not give at all one bit and just "mold" into the punch - taking the full force. In the third round Bellew got his signature win that he was looking for, and got it in "Rocky" fashion nonetheless as he backed Makabu into the ropes and blasted away until a left hand put him out cold. Bellew flew up on the ropes and was screaming and shouting while Makabu was still down on the canvas. Bellew was really, really hyped for this win and I must say that he could not have done it in any better fashion coming off of the Creed movie.