Tony Bellew has promised to become the first person to knockout BJ Flores as he defends the WBC Cruiserweight world title against the American slugger on Saturday night, the main event of an exciting card which will be shown live on Sky Sports.
Bellew has warned Flores to be prepared to face “the most dangerous cruiserweight in the world” when he steps into the ring at Liverpool’s Echo Arena and the hometown champion is the heavy odds-on favourite with bookmakers to come away victorious.
Everton fan Bellew will climb into the ring as world champion for the first time in his career after stopping Ilunga Makabu in three rounds at his beloved Goodison Park to win the vacant title with a devastating KO back in May. The American challenger BJ Flores meanwhile has racked up five more wins and three more knockouts in a career which is four years longer than Bellew’s, but the Liverpudlian has age on his side and believes he will be too strong for the challenger.
The natural hand power of Tony Bellew against Makabu was a real feature of his latest performance, he’s never looked better. At 1/10, he is too prohibitive for a boxing bet in the win market, while Flores doesn’t appeal at 6/1. Bellew will be looking for a stoppage here and a bet on the favourite to win between rounds 4-6 at 7/2 with Ladbrokes seems a reasonable wager.
Also on the card as the co-main event, Luke Campbell will head into Derry Mathews’ backyard in what looks a clear fight of the night candidate. Mathews is needing a career revival to justify further opportunities like this, so he will be dangerous.
For Campbell, this is an important bout where he is expected to back up his amateur pedigree and build on the professional promise shown to date. He has youth and a clear element of quality on his side which will make him very hard to beat and a mid-late fight stoppage could be on the cards for Campbell.