On December 12th Tony Bellew faces Mateusz Masternak on the undercard of Anthony Joshua vs. Dillian Whyte at the 02 Arena in London. Masternak is certainly Bellew’s toughest test at cruiserweight and a win could land him a world title shot.
Rotherham based trainer, Dave Coldwell, believes Bellew will need to bring his A game to get the win, stating “Barring Adonis Stevenson, this is the hardest fight of Tony Bellew’s career.”
“He’s [Masternak] big, he’s durable and he can punch early or late so it’s a major threat and a threat that myself and Tony are treating with the utmost respect. This is the fight that’s going to put Tony so close to the massive names in this division and he’s one step from landing himself a brilliant opportunity and finally getting his hands on the world title that I know he can win. The same rewards await Masternak and he’ll be preparing just as hard but I’m certain that I’ve got the better fighter and Tony will prove how good he is on December 12th.”
Bellew must, however, keep his eyes on the task at hand and not think about world titles just yet. Masternak is a very real threat and Dave Coldwell knows that.
“It’s important that Tony keeps his focus firmly on Masternak as it’s a result that will speak volumes in this division. Apart from a robbery in South Africa, only the very best have beaten Masternak and if Bellew is to go on and fulfil the potential that I know he’s got then he also has to beat him. This fight comes with a lot of risk but the rewards are fantastic. This is going to be a superb fight for boxing fans to enjoy and it’s also the fight which establishes Bellew as a true cruiserweight threat.”