By Chris Walker
After watching Tony Bellew retain his British light-heavyweight title in brutal style against Norwich’s Danny McIntosh at a loud Liverpool Echo Arena, show promoter, Dave Coldwell, is adamant that the Merseyside man is destined for greater accolades after watching Bellew headline Coldwell Boxing’s first television show.
“Bellew was outstanding against McIntosh and you can see that everything is falling into place for him,” opined the Sheffield based promoter. “He’s took so much positivity from the Nathan Cleverly performance and that showed on Friday night as he produced a perfect performance. Many fighters don’t respond well to a defeat but Tony has gone away, worked even harder than ever before and now he’s getting the results for it. He’s got to move onto the next level now and be challenging world championship opponents, a rematch with Cleverly is what should be next. Even though the Lonsdale belt is something good to keep, Tony is too good to only be fighting domestic class.”
As well as donating praise to the show’s premier feature, Coldwell was also generous to those impressing on the undercard. “There were some nice performances leading up to the main event that caught my eye. Andy Colquhoun had a world class knockout, Scott Cardle looked good and Hosea Burton done well in extending his unbeaten record. It was a big shame to watch John Watson come up short and we’ll have to go back and look at that one but he just didn’t have the snap and energy in his punches from the start. Darren Hamilton surprised me and he boxed well to take advantage of Watson.”
With television providing coverage of his shows for the first time, Coldwell was delighted with how the evening unfolded and has insisted that “this is just the start for Coldwell Boxing.” “To hear the ring announcer say “Live on Sky Sports, Dave Coldwell’s Coldwell Boxing presents,” that was definitely the proudest moment of my boxing career. We aim to entertain and we want to put on quality action all the time and for those who stuck around to see Matty Clarkson v Jeff Evans, that fight is proof that we want to deliver. Overall, it was a brilliant night, a brilliant atmosphere and a brilliant performance from Bellew. We hope we can provide many more nights like this where fans can enjoy themselves at the venue and those who can’t make it can enjoy it on TV.”