Boxing: Tony Bellew retains cruiserweight crown


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Tony Bellew put up a spectacular defence of his WBC cruiserweight world title, securing a third-round knockout victory over BJ Flores in Liverpool on Saturday night.

The Brit originally claimed the title by knocking out Ilunga Makabu in May, and he wasted no time in successfully defending his crown, knocking Flores down three times during the second round.

Bomber eventually delivered the decisive blow one round later, connecting with a devastating left hook to bring proceedings to an abrupt end, and after the fight he revealed his delight at the convincing nature of his victory.

He told Sky Sports: “I’m ruthless when I get going. BJ Flores is an old-school, respected fighter and he’s trying to fulfil a childhood dream.

I’ve pummelled him tonight. “I’m not called the Bomber for nothing! Understand me – getting home to my wife and kids is all that really matters.”

The 33-year-old then went on to call out former two-weight world champion David Haye, who was in attendance at the Echo Arena, claiming that he intends to easily beat his compatriot if they ever meet in the ring.

Bellew added: “You see him [Haye]? He’s been conning the British public since his pathetic comeback started. The last two guys you fought are working on nightclub doors, or they’re putting the bins out. You see you? You’re gonna get smashed too.

“With 10 ounce gloves on, I’ll put you and your pathetic haircut to sleep. Brother, I’m the biggest payday you’ve got right now.”

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