Tony Bellew found that the best way to come off a title bout loss in one division was to win a title bout in another division as he is now the defending champion for the cruiserweight division. Bellew will now defend his WBO International Cruiserweight title for the first time on Saturday as he will face Julio Cesar Dos Santos at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Tony Bellew opened as a -1000 favorite with the Boxing odds while Julio Cesar Dos Santos was a +700 dog.
The 31 year old Tony “Bomber” Bellew stands at 6 feet 3 inches tall with a reach of 74 inches and fights from an orthodox stance. Bellew is a native of Liverpool, United Kingdom, where he still resides. Below is ranked 3rd in the United Kingdom and 11th in the world. He has a career record of 21 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw. Out of his 21 career wins 13 have come by knockout while just 1 out of his 2 losses have come by knockout. Bellew is coming off a knockout win over Valery Brudov in the 12th round of a scheduled 12 round bout that took place on March 15, 2014 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool for the vacant WBO International Cruiserweight title. Prior to that Bellew suffered a TKO loss to Adonis Stevenson in the 6th round of a scheduled 12 round bout for the WBC light heavyweight title. The bout took place on November 30, 2013 at Colisee de Quebec in Quebec City.
Julio Cesar Dos Santos
The 36 year old Julio Cesar Dos Santo stands at 6 feet 1 inches tall and fights from an orthodox stance. Also known as “Gaspar” Dos Santos is a native of Brazil where he still resides. Dos Santos has a career record of 26 wins, 2 losses, and 0 draws. Out of his 26 wins 23 have come by knockout and he has never suffered a knockout loss. Dos Santos is the interim WBO Latino cruiserweight title.
Bellew is the call in this title bout!