Tony Bellew’s final bout inside a boxing ring ended in defeat to Oleksandr Usyk, failing in his quest to become the unified cruiserweight champion in the process.
Despite a promising start in the Manchester Arena on Saturday night, a resilient Bellew eventually lost in the eighth-round, after a devastating knockout from the Ukrainian.
Usyk is now set to step up a division to heavyweight, hoping to take on the likes of Anthony Joshua, Dillian Whyte, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury in the future.
Bellew on the other hand, who previously held the WBC title earlier in his career by defeating Ilunga Makabu at Goodison Park, announced his retirement shortly after the defeat to Usyk.
With many now unsure on where and what the 35-year-old could do next, we’ve decided to take a look at various avenues the Merseysider could go down in the future.
After appearing in the 2015 film Creed alongside Sylvester Stallone, the Merseysider may well look into cracking Hollywood on a more regular basis, if the opportunity arises again.
Stepping into coaching could be something of interest to Bellew. The ‘Bomber’ would have learnt a great deal from his experiences with David Coldwell and could well take that knowledge into coaching the upcoming stars himself.
After former rival and fellow Brit David Haye appeared on ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!’ three years ago, reality TV could also be an avenue for Bellew to explore, however, don’t expect to see the 35-year-old enter the jungle next weekend.
Head into MMA
The ‘Bomber’ has previously refused to rule out the possibility of entering the UFC, admitting he loves MMA. Bellew has been in contact with former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping earlier this year, so UFC president Dana White may well attempt to lure the 35-year-old into the Octagon.
With Bellew well known for hyping up his own fights during his career, the 35-year-old could make an effortless switch into promoting fellow boxers. Former rival David Haye has made the switch in promoting Dereck Chisora, and the ‘Bomber’ could follow suit.
With the likes of Carl Froch and David Haye appearing as pundits for the major fights, Bellew may well be tempted into giving his opinion from the side regularly for the huge heavyweight and cruiserweight battles in 2019.
Welsh football club Caernarfon Town have revealed in the past seven days that Bellew is set to be a special guest speaker at an event in 2019. Bellew will have plenty of stories to tell from an eventful career, so may have multiple offers on the table to meet and greet fans at special events.
Along with various TV opportunities the Merseysider may receive following his retirement, Bellew could also feature heavily on different sporting radio stations. The 35-year-old has history of appearing on the radio and could well deicide to share all his boxing experience either on the radio, or by creating a podcast.