News December 2015

Bellew Relishing Masternak Challenge


With his mouth-watering clash with tough Pole, Mateusz Masternak, approaching quickly on the horizon, Liverpool cruiserweight, Tony Bellew is under no illusions that his world class opponent is likely to be his toughest foe since moving north a division following a decorated spell at 175lbs. The vacant European title is at stake when the pair clash on this weekendís Sky PPV offering headlined by heavyweight rivals Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte but many within the industry are certain that this clash of powerful punchers will steal the show. Bellew, along with trainer, Dave Coldwell, has left no stone unturned in preparation for Masternak and heís in bullish mood ahead of his latest challenge.

ďItís the perfect opportunity to send a message out to all the leading cruiserweights,Ē buzzed Bellew. ďMasternak has a daunting reputation for a reason and itís because he knows how to have a fight. Barring Adonis Stevenson away in Canada, this is probably my toughest assignment to date but itís going to be the fight where I leave a lasting impression and go home with the European title. Victory here puts me within touching distance of one of the world champions and with the way Iíve been feeling in camp then I think Iím more than ready to make that step now. Iím under no illusions about the task thatís ahead of me because Masternak always gives a good account of himself but this is a fight I simply wonít lose.Ē

Masternakís cruiserweight slate is an impressive one with defeats either coming against elite opposition or bewildering judgement. Setbacks against Grigory Drozd and Youri Kalenga were competitive ones whilst a split decision loss to Johnny Muller in South Africa saw Masternak register two knockdowns. The Pole comes into this fight trying to recapture the title he held briefly in 2012 but Bellew is adamant that his opponent will go home empty handed.

ďWhat heís done in the division is worthy of respect but it always shows that heís capable of losing by a variety of ways as heís been outfought, outpointed and heís also been stopped. He can be hurt and he can be outboxed and I fully believe that Iíve got the skills and power to do either to him. Iíve yet to lose since moving to cruiserweight and Iíve always said that Iíd make an impact in the division and this is my chance to do so against a good opponent. Iím more than ready for anyone at this weight but the immediate focus is on Masternak. Once Iíve done a job on him then we can start looking at the bigger prizes.Ē

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