British boxer, Tony Bellew gave an emotional press conference after his final ever fight against Oleksandr Usyk in which he pleaded that he wants to be left alone to be “normal”.
Although Bellew started brightly and was ahead on two of the three judges scorecards, the Ukranian delivered a knockout blow with a left hand in the eighth round to defend his WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO cruiserweight titles.
According to the BBC, a sobbing Bellew vowed in the post-fight press conference that he would never enter the ring again.
“It’s definitely over, you’ll not see me in a ring again,” said Bellew.
“Now I just want to be normal, so please leave me alone.”
“No one who knows me calls me Tony, I’ve always been Anthony to them. Tony Bellew exists for these cameras really. Tony Bellew died tonight, it’s Anthony that’s left.”
“I have won. I sit here as a loser, heartbroken, but I have won in life. When I was expelled in school, I had nothing, with nowhere to go. Now my family are millionaires. I never dreamed this would be possible.”
During the 40-minute press conference, Bellew also thanked his parents for being his motivation. This prompted his father to shout that he was the “best son”, adding: “I’m proud of you lad.”
The Liverpool native was the epitome of humble immediately after the fight, heaping praise on his opponent and wishing him all the best.
“I tried my best. I gave it everything I got. Make sure you clap him because he’s an exceptional fighter.”
“He beat me fair and square, I have no excuses.”
“He deserves all the success in the world, I only wish you greatness.”