British light-heavyweight champion Tony ‘Bomber’ Bellew (17-1, 11 KO’s) hope’s that one day he will live his dream of fighting at his beloved Everton Football ground Goodison Park in his home city of Liverpool in a big world title fight.
“Ive been asked a couple of times where would I rather fight (Las) Vegas, MGM Grand, big lights or Goodison Park and there’s no comparison at all. Id rather it be a summer’s night under the lights at Goodison Park.
“So for me the end product is Goodison Park under the lights, with Z-Cars (Everton’s adoptive theme tune) playing as I walk to the ring.” Tony told Matchroom Sports.
Bellew, 29, takes the next step to his dream and a step up in class on Saturday night (8th Sep) when he faces big punching Colombian Edison ‘Pantera’ Miranda in a scheduled 10 round international contest at the Alexandra Palace in London.
Miranda, 31 (35-7, 30 KO’s) is a two-time IBF super middleweight title challenger and is more experienced than Bellew having been in the ring with the likes of Andre Ward, who he took the distance losing on points. Lucian Bute, Arthur Abraham (twice) and Kelly Pavlik and Bellew will have to produce a world class performance to overcome a fighter who still has big ambition himself, ‘Pantera’ will not be coming to London to be a stepping stone for the Liverpool boxing hero.
Miranda has fought here before when he stopped Joey Vegas in 5 rounds at the York Hall in March 2009 and has been talking big in the build up to this highly anticipated match-up and he is pulling no punches in his assessment of the fight and the challenge of Bellew, predicting things could get ugly.
Lee Purdy is aiming to break into the World welterweight scene by beating unbeaten Argentine Gumersindo Carrasco in their chief support bout for the IBF International welterweight title.
English champion Purdy had been preparing for a title defence before grabbing the chance to fight for the belt that Kell Brook relinquished for his stablemate to reach for the World stage, and the 25 year old is determined to take out the Argentine who comes to London with a big reputation and an impressive record of 13 KOs from 16 wins.
“It’s a huge opportunity for me to catapult myself onto the World stage and I believe I can do it,” said Purdy. ““I don’t think it’s a big step-up for me, I think it’s a big step-up for him. People have been saying he’s a big puncher but I carry a big dig myself and people are forgetting that. He’s been down a few times and he is going to walk onto some big shots and I believe I’ll take him out.
“We’ve got a game plan and tactics now that we’ve seen the opponent, nothing is going to change in the preparation and I’m going to be training as hard as ever which is going to make for a great fight.”
Exciting light middleweight star Erick Ochieng defending his English title for the second time against Southern Area champ Ryan Toms, hotly tipped Islington middleweight John Ryder will also be in action while popular unbeaten Chris ‘The Flash’ Evangelou fights for the first title of his career when he tackles Danny Connor for the vacant Southern Area light welterweight title.