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09th Nov 2018

Tony Bellew shows off hard-earned abs and jokes about weight gain programme

'Fat boy's in shape'

Darragh Murphy

Unless he can be tempted out of retirement, Tony Bellew has gone through his last training camp as a professional boxer

Bellew will return to cruiserweight for the daunting challenge ofĀ Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night and the Liverpool fighter looked in incredible shape when he took to the scales in Manchester on Friday afternoon.

‘Bomber’ had no issues making weight and came in more than 10lbs lighter than he did for his last outing, a heavyweight rematch with David Haye, and appeared to be carrying significantly less body fat.

Bellew came in at 199.4lbs while the undefeated Ukrainian weighed in at 198.4lbs when the pair came face-to-face for the final time before fight night.

The British veteran is a considerable underdog for his meeting with Usyk, who is considered one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters in the world.

Bellew intends to hang up his gloves whatever the outcome of Saturday night’s main event and is looking forward to being a bit more lenient with his diet.

“I’m ready, fat boy is in shape. I told everyone I would make weight and I did,” Bellew told Sky Sports.

“Where do I go from there? A pizza, a pint, a McDonalds, a KFC, whatever it is. I’ll enjoy life and these abs won’t stick around for long I’ll promise you that.

“It took months to get these; guys I’m going to release a video after this fight; it’s going to be one of those documentaries where you can lose 30lbs in six or seven weeks.

“Then I’m going to show how to gain 30lbs in three days!”