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Toney Bellew Heads to Tenerife

Posted on 07/04/2011


Tony Bellew has got away from it all with some sun, sea…and sparring.

The Commonwealth light-heavyweight champion has jetted to Tenerife ahead of his big rematch with Ovill McKenzie on July 16.

The pair meet at the Liverpool Echo Arena in what should be a blockbuster show now that Kevin Mitchell’s grudge fight with John Murray has just been added.

But Bellew, whose fight with McKenzie also sees the vacant British title up for grabs, won’t be having any late nights.

Instead he’s enjoying a spartan-style training camp to ensure he’s in the best shape of his career.

His days include plenty of altitude work with runs on punishing Mount Teide, and strengthening his legs on the island’s sandy beaches.

“I’ve not had many away camps since I turned pro,” said Bellew.

“I just needed to get away from all the distractions in Liverpool and fully focus on this fight with McKenzie.

“He’s a dangerous opponent, and he proved that in our first fight when he had me on the floor.

“Out here, all I have been doing is studying tapes of McKenzie and preparing for him pretty much 24 seven.

“Even when I go to sleep, I’m dreaming about how I am going to beat him.

“It’s probably one of the toughest camps I have had because I’m up early every morning and then working hard throughout the day.

“Everyone seems to be coming out for their summer holiday at the moment, but when they are out partying, I’m tucked up in bed.

“But it will all be worth it when I get my hands on that British title to add to my Commonwealth belts.

“And all my fans will definitely see the difference when it comes to fight night next weekend.”

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