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Tony Bellew Cries Foul: I Won at Least Nine Rounds

Tony Bellew was left frustrated in Liverpool after a lackadaisical performance saw him draw with fellow world title contender Isaac Chilemba. The 30-year-old Scouser knew victory in this WBC light-heavyweight title final eliminator would put him in position to take on American champion Chad Dawson, who first defends his title against Adonis Stevenson in June.

Bellew was unable to force that title challenge, though, with a laboured night's work in front of 7,000 partisan fans at the Echo Arena in his home city. Bellew - with a record of 19-1 with 12 early wins heading in - is ranked at number one with the WBC having steadily rebuilt since his only career defeat, which came against British rival Nathan Cleverly for the Welshman's WBO title in 2011.

Malawi native Chilemba, with a record of 20-1-1 (9KO wins) heading into the encounter, represented another step up for the Englishman and boasted a number three ranking with the WBC.

Bellew still seemed flat, only sporadically forcing the action as he urged the crowd to gee him up. A right to the body did land for the Briton but he faced an anxious wait before scores were read out.

One judge scored it 116-112 for Chilemba, another 116-115 for Bellew and the third had it level at 114-114 to leave both men disappointed.

Bellew said afterwards: "I thought I won nine out of the 12 rounds and even Chilemba's trainer Buddy McGirt, one of the most respected men in boxing, told me he thought I won.

"I've got a lot of time for Chilemba he's a good fighter and a tough man but I won the fight."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by The Surgeon on 03-31-2013

[QUOTE=gingeralbino;13199653]i wasnt impressed by either guy, he just made Bellow look ****e, he didnt make himself look good bar round 7 and 8. Still had him beating Bellow though. Bellow need to chill the **** out a bit before the…

Comment by Chrismart on 03-31-2013

I was at the fight lastnight and i thought it was a close one...wasn't sure which way it was going to go. Im going to watch it on TV later and see how i score it then. Was a dull…

Comment by Enzo Mc is SHIT on 03-31-2013

I think Bellew's in a tough spot: too big for 175 and too small for 200. I only caught the first 7 rounds because I'd recorded it and the show overran. From what I saw, Jim Watt was a disgrace.…

Comment by richardt on 03-31-2013

The guy is full of crap! He talks like he is going to come in and open up and go for the KO and runs instead. Runs from a guy in Chilemba with less than 50% KO ratio as if…

Comment by gingeralbino on 03-31-2013

[QUOTE=The Surgeon;13199621]Yeah i caught those rounds and was also impressed with him Clever little fighter[/QUOTE] i wasnt impressed by either guy, he just made Bellow look ****e, he didnt make himself look good bar round 7 and 8. Still had…

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