Bellew credits referee for stepping in
Former professional boxer Tony Bellew has expressed his gratitude to referee Terry O'Connor for potentially saving his life during his 2018 fight against Oleksandr Usyk. The bout was stopped after Usyk landed a monstrous left hook on Bellew, sending him sprawling to the canvas.
An intense battle between two heavyweight champions
Bellew, aged 40 at the time, faced off against Usyk, who is now the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO world heavyweight champion. The fight showcased impressive boxing skills from both men, with heavy hooks and strong swings.
Usyk's devastating left hook
In the eighth round, Usyk unleashed a devastating left hook that knocked Bellew down. Most fighters would struggle to recover from such a powerful blow, but Bellew defied the odds by beating the countdown and getting back on his feet.
O'Connor's crucial decision
Despite Bellew's determination to continue, referee Terry O'Connor made the decision to wave off the contest, declaring Usyk the winner. Bellew initially disagreed with the call but now admits that O'Connor's decision was the correct one, stating that the referee "saved my life" as a result.
Bellew's experience against Usyk
During an appearance on the reality show "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here," Bellew shared his thoughts on facing one of the world's top boxers. He praised Usyk's skills and ability to analyze and adapt to his opponents' strategies. Bellew also admitted to being exhausted during the fight and not remembering round eight.
Bellew's gratitude for O'Connor's call
Bellew expressed his gratitude to referee O'Connor, acknowledging that continuing the fight could have had dire consequences. He emphasized the brutality of professional boxing at the highest level and stated that his priority was to make it home safely.
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