Bellew goes into his fi­nal fight tonight.. and says he can­not wait to re­tire and do sim­ple things like catch­ing the bus!

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - SPORT - BY DAVID AN­DER­SON @Mir­ro­ran­der­son

TONY BELLEW is look­ing for­ward to get­ting the bus again when he is re­tired.

Bellew has promised his wife Rachael he will quit af­ter tonight’s clash with undis­puted world cruis­er­weight king Olek­sandr Usyk and says he hates be­ing fa­mous.

He claims he can’t wait to do mun­dane things, like catch the bus, which he used to do when he was an am­a­teur with the

Ro­tunda club in his na­tive


“I just want to be nor­mal,” he said. “I don’t want to be fa­mous any more.

What you take for granted I want to get.

“I miss things like get­ting on the bus. I used to get the 86 and the 27 to go to the Ro­tunda club.

“I’ll get the bus again. I’ll have a year away from all this and I’ll be able to do those things.

“I just hate fame and af­ter Satur­day night I let it go. You won’t see me call out An­dre Ward, or that midget Ado­nis Stevenson, so it’s over. I’ve got no plans of fac­ing any­one else.”

Bellew, 35, claims he has come to terms with re­tire­ment af­ter 33 fights in his 11 years as a pro be­cause he has achieved all his goals.

He won the WBC cruis­er­weight ti­tle on an emo­tional night at his beloved Good­i­son Park and made mil­lions in his two show­downs with David Haye. “Fight­ers over the years have al­ways had the ‘what if ?’ and that sad story of it’s some­one else’s fault, I should have done this or that,” he said.

“I won’t be one of those fight­ers. I’ve taken ev­ery op­por­tu­nity I could. I am the epit­ome of some­one who has come from f**k all and made the most of ev­ery op­por­tu­nity I’ve had.”

The un­beaten Usyk is the first cruis­er­weight to hold all four ma­jor belts and the Ukrainian hopes to im­press tonight to earn a shot at An­thony Joshua. Mas­sive un­der­dog Bellew claims this will help him in his quest to achieve his mis­sion im­pos­si­ble at Manch­ester Arena. “He can­not af­ford to come here and just run away with a bor­ing points win,” he said.

“He has to come here and make a state­ment. He does not get to An­thony Joshua by coming here and scrap­ing past me.

“He has to beat Tony Bellew up. He has to look elec­tric and by look­ing elec­tric, he has to get into the fire­fight and that’s what I wish for. I dream of it ev­ery night.”

BLINKIN’ MAR­VEL­LOUS Usyk and Bellew stare at each other dur­ing the weigh-in

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