Fresh start for British duo


Commonwealth light heavyweight champion Tony Bellew from Liverpool and Edinburgh’s former world super-featherweight titleholder Alex Arthur is on the look out for new trainers after parting company with their respective coaches this week.

Bellew, 28, remained unbeaten with trainer Anthony Farnell, who is based in Manchester, but has apparently made the change to be closer to home and will now train at the famous Rotunda ABC, where he has trained before.

The 15-0 Scouser is preparing for a rematch with former Prizefighter winner Ovill McKenzie in February, after they fought the most exciting fight of Frank Warren’s 30th anniversary show at the Echo Arena in December. Bellew came back from two knockdowns in the early rounds to stop McKenzie in the eighth.

32 year-old Arthur is currently on a break from boxing after his father was taken ill and was told, along with fellow camp-mate Gareth Stemp, by chief trainer Terry McCormack to find a new trainer as he needs to cut back on the amount of boxers in his stable.

It is not known when the former British, Commonwealth and European 130lb champion will return to the ring, but it isn’t thought that the Scotsman is contemplating retirement just yet and he will be back when his father recovers.

Phil D. Jay
WBN Editor


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