Tony Bellew announced his arrival at Cruiserweight with a final round stoppage win over Valery Brudov at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.
Bellew showed that the step-up in weight has afforded him extra ammo in his fists as he put Brudov down in the second with a big right hand and again in the sixth round.
The Liverpool star had to overcome pressure in the following round as Brudov hurt him with a right hand as Bellew himself looked for the KO, and a low blow from the Russian bought the hometown star time to regroup.
Bellew regained his control in the eighth and hurt the former World title challenger often in the remaining sessions, and in the 12th round he landed a peach of a left hand to floor the visitor and referee Phil Edwards waved it off 36 seconds left in the fight.
“I'm pretty happy, it's a six out of ten for me, but the win is the main thing,” said Bellew. “I can't thank the fans enough for the great support.
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