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Bellew Survives Scare To Knock Brudov Out in Twelfth

By Alexey Sukachev

Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside - Tony Bellew (21-2-1, 13KOs) made his splash at cruiserweight with a twelfth round knockout of Valery Brudov (41-5, 28KOs) to win the vacant WBO International title. It was Bellew's first bout at the cruiserweight limit, after moving up from 175-pounds following November's knockout loss to WBC champion Adonis Stevenson.

WBC #7 Bellew, 31-years-old, was faster and tighter than the aging Brudov, 37, a four-time former cruiserweight world-title challenger. After a slow first round, the Liverpudlian showed his assets with a cracking right hand to sent Brudov down late into the second. However, the Russian (ex-WBA interim beltholder) easily beat the count.

The Russian slugger tried to impose his will on Bellew and had some limited success during the first half, but the British boxer was wise enough to circle around the plodding opponent, using his left jab to set the distance and a right hand on occasion. One of the latter hit Brudov with thunder late into the sixth, sending him down for the second time around to create a bigger gap.

Brudov's best moment came in the seventh, when he caught Bellew flush with a right hand bomb. The Brit survived the deadly storm - first with clinches and then after Bellew got time to recover from an alleged low blow by Brudov. Bellew clearly looked dazed. The hometown hero, however, regained his composure in championship rounds.

Sensing he has nothing to lose but his pride, and with time clearly ticking, Brudov went in for kill in the twelfth round and was forced to pay a dear price. With just 36 seconds remaining in the round, both Bellew and Brudov threw their left hooks but Tony was the first to land one. Brudov went down hard and was counted out by referee Phil
Edwards.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Earl-Hickey on 03-16-2014

[QUOTE=yoz;14332834]Aye, Huck kills him. He's simply not world-level, IMO.[/QUOTE] sorry but bellew really annoyed me with his "performance" against that rapey guy what's his name... adonis He threw one punch with bad intentions and rocked the guy, bellew was way…

Comment by yoz on 03-16-2014

[QUOTE=Earl Hickey;14332827]the only time he took a half decent shot he was on queer street for about 5 minutes. Bellew is a mouthy prick who hardly ever backs up his big talk, [B]seeing the way he carried on after the…

Comment by Earl-Hickey on 03-16-2014

the only time he took a half decent shot he was on queer street for about 5 minutes. Bellew is a mouthy prick who hardly ever backs up his big talk, seeing the way he carried on after the KO…

Comment by yoz on 03-16-2014

Difficult to assess his prospects, given it's first fight at the weight. Who knows, though, he may be able to win a title at Cruiserweight; it's a pretty open division.

Comment by dirty fingers on 03-16-2014

[QUOTE=anonymous2.0;14330166]Those knockdowns and knockout were highlight reel stuff but other then that I don't Bellowes looked that great. Whats going to happen when he fights a younger, stronger, faster, more hungry cruiser then that old guy?[/QUOTE] Exactly. Bellew looked bad…

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