Scouser Tony Bellew was made work for a tough European cruiserweight title victory in the O2 Arena, London.
Poland’s Mateusz Masternak proved a tough foe for the vacant European cruiserweight title for Liverpool man Tony Bellew, who came through the winner on the night via points.
Bellew got off to a good start with some decent right hands and body work landed in the very first round.
However, Masternak edged his way into the fight in the early rounds with some excellent boxing, proving to be a difficult target to hit for Bellew at times.
The right hand from Bellew proved to be a key weapon during the early parts of the contest, which stung the Pole on many occasions.
As the mid to late rounds progressed the contest evened up, with Masternak proving to be a very touch operator who didn’t let Bellew have things all his own way, with some good jabs and pressure fighting to boot.
Bellew countered well in an entertaining fight it must be said, with a decent pace by both men exhibited throughout. The 10th round saw some excellent shots landed by both fighters, who really started to come to life.
The 11th saw some more bombs exchanged with Bellew looking menacing as he pursued a knockout. The final found saw more violent intent from the ‘Bomber’ who finished strong with a big effort as he went for the finish towards the very end, with Masternak somehow surviving the final round.
Tony Bellew won a unanimous decision in the end, and now moves within touching distance for a world title shot in 2016.
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