Tony Bellew wants to write his name in Everton’s history books by winning world title at Goodison Park

Tony Bellew

Tony Bellew

Bellew faces Ilunga Makabu at the home of his beloved Blues on Saturday night – after being too fat to make it as a footballer

ony Bellew claims he can write his name in Everton’s history books by becoming world champion at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Bellew faces Ilunga Makabu for the vacant WBC cruiserweight title and says he is realising his dream of taking centre stage at the home of his beloved Blues.

The European champ joked he was too fat to make it with Everton and says finally being crowned world champion at Goodison would be the next best thing.

“I never got the chance to play for Everton as I was too fat!” he said. “I can hit the ball good and have two feet, but I was too fat to be a footballer.

“Now, though, I can go into the Everton history books for something else. The closest I could ever get to playing at Everton is by what I’m doing now – fighting there.

Believe me, you will know Everton is coming when I walk in the ring, from the badge to the music, the Z-Cars theme, Makabu will know what he’s up against.”

Bellew, 33, is desperate to win after falling short in his two previous world title shots at light-heavyweight.

He has already ‘won’ a world title fight at Goodison after starring in the Rocky spin-off Creed.

Those fight scenes were shot in a warehouse in Philadelphia in front of 1,000 extras and a blue screen.

Bellew knows tomorrow will be very different and said: “That was just a film and as magical as that was, this is the real thing.

“It’s a lifelong dream to become a world champion. All my hopes and dreams take place on Sunday.

“But I wouldn’t want to go back to Goodison next season, thinking about how I’d lost there. I’ve got to make it work and I will.”