Last night saw Tony Bellew and Isaac Chilemba draw in their WBC eliminator contest. In a match that failed to live up to its pre-fight buzz the judges scored the encounter 116-112 to Chilemba, 116-115 to Bellew and a 114-114 draw.
Credit: Lawrence Lustig
In the immediate aftermath Bellew told the ringside cameras "I'm going to be totally honest - I thought I won that fight. I thought I won nine of the 12 rounds." However, if truth be told, Bellew failed to capitalize on his opportunities and was arguably lucky to come away with the draw.
In front of his home crowd, it was Bellew who started the quicker of the two, as he looked to box on the front foot and push Chilemba up against the ropes. However, despite the Liverpudlian having the better of the opening exchanges he failed to land any meaningful shots with the Malawian's slick style keeping him out of trouble.
By the mid rounds, Chilemba had begun to feel his way into the fight, catching the local hero with a number of counters...