By Chris Walker
Liverpool’s Tony Bellew will have to wait just a tad longer to come face to face with former European champion, Danny Macintosh, as the Norfolk banger no-showed his final press commitment due to traffic reasons. The pair meet at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Friday night for Bellew’s British light-heavyweight title and the champion promised that his opponent can expect a painful evening.
“A brutal knockout is all that I’ll be satisfied with come fight night,” declared Bellew. “He’ll turn up Friday because he’s all about the cheque but I’m going to make sure that he earns every single penny of the purse that he’s fighting for. I’ve got real aspirations to go to the top in this game and I can’t afford to look anything less than 100% on Friday night and that means I’m going to have put Danny Macintosh asleep and render him unconscious.”
Show promoter Dave Coldwell was “extremely disappointed”with Macintosh’s absence but has promised fans that they can expect “a quality fight” when he turns up on Friday. “This is a fight that stood out to me when I saw it at the board meeting” revealed the Sheffield based promoter. “Everyone knows what type of excitement Tony Bellew brings to the table and Macintosh is from the Ingle gym, and I know that their fighters can certainly let their hands go. This has all the makings of a domestic classic and I’m certain that both fighters will deliver on the night.”
Eddie Hearn, co-promoting the event, was also eager to discuss the potential of this fight. “For those turning up on Friday night, they’re getting to see the country’s number one light-heavyweight fighter because I believe Tony Bellew is that man. I believe he beat Nathan Cleverly last year and I also believe he has what it takes to go on and become a world champion. Danny Macintosh is standing in the way of that so now it’s up to Bellew to go out in front of his hometown crowd on Friday and give them a performance that shows he’s capable of bigger things.”
Also announced at the press conference was the withdrawal of Jason Cook, who was set to face John Watson over eight rounds. Darren Hamilton steps in to replace him.
Tickets for “The Big Bang” featuring Tony Bellew v Danny Macintosh, John Watson Jnr v Darren Hamilton and a stacked undercard starring a number of the country’s leading prospects can be purchased from the Liverpool Echo Arena box office or by contacting 0844 8000 400