Tony Bellew was held to a frustrating 12 draw against Isaac Chilemba in a battle for the WBC silver light heavyweight title at the Echo Arena in Bellew’s home city of Liverpool on Saturday night.
Bellew fully expected to have his hand waved in victory but at the end of 12 hard rounds one judge scored the bout 116-115 for Bellew, 116-112 for Chilemba and 114-114 even.
A disappointed Bellew told Sky Sports after the fight: "I’m going to be totally honest - I thought I won that fight. I thought I won nine of the 12 rounds.
"I took a stupid round off in round six or seven and I let him gain a bit of momentum and get back into the fight. But I thought I won the fight.
The British boxer added: "Buddy McGirt (Chilemba’s trainer) just told me, ’I think you got it’. That’s a very knowledgeable man, a man I respect in boxing. His opinion was, ’going into the last round Tone, I think you got it’. I don’t know what to say."
Bellew backed up Chilemba for most of the first half of the contest but found it very difficult to catch his opponent cleanly. Bellew was aggressive throughout and looked like he was forging a clear lead but he just could not connect with his punches.
March 30, 2013