WBC cruiserweight champion and recent heavyweight blow-in Tony Bellew got into a rather intense back-and-forth with WBC heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder at the Joshua/Klitschko weigh-in on Friday.
While Bellew was being interviewed by Kugan Cassius of iFL TV, the American made a rather loud entrance, distracting the Liverpudlian. Wilder then came closer to Bellew, addressing him as “boy”, and a verbal altercation inevitably ensued. Wilder claimed that Bellew has never experienced power such as he possesses, while Bellew claimed that he has already claimed a more notable scalp in one fight at heavyweight than Wilder has in 38.
After Deontay departed, his younger brother Marsellos also got into a heated confrontation with Bellew.
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Bellew’s claim that he has already beaten a bigger heavyweight star than Wilder is actually pretty accurate. The 34-year-old stopped former undisputed cruiserweight champion and WBA heavyweight titlist David Haye inside 11 rounds last month. While the biggest names on Wilder’s 38-0 ledger are those of Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola. Of course, Bellew’s win over Haye was at least partly attributable to the fact that the Londoner suffered a serious injury to his Achilles tendon mid-way through the fight.
Wilder fought twice in 2016, but suffered injuries to his hand and bicep during the second of those bouts last July. These injuries required surgery and he was forced to take some time away from the ring, but the 31-year-old returned to action in February to halt fellow American Gerald Washington in five.
Wilder has since called for fights with WBO heavyweight claimant Joseph Parker and the winner of Joshua vs Klitschko. However, a bout between he and Bellew would be very marketable on both sides of the Atlantic, so don’t be at all surprised to see ‘The Bronze Bomber’ vs ‘The Plain Old Bomber’ before any of those other match-ups.