Tony Bellew has been sharing insight into his boxing career and beyond with campmates on ‘I’m A Celebrity.’
The former Cruiserweight world champion was asked why he retired from the sport and he’s explained exactly why.
He revealed: “My body stopped me. It’s so dangerous. It’s brutal. Boxing is the most damaging sport in the world…a professional boxer, it’s estimated that he will get hit in the head 50,000 times a year… that’s going to catch up with me at some point.”
“I can accept that, I knew it when I got into it… I know what I’m signing up for.”
He continued: “If tomorrow I go into a coma because of the punches I’ve taken, that’s on me. That’s no one else. I’m not suing no one; it ain’t their fault. I used to say to my wife, I’m going to get hurt at some point. She would know. You’ve got to accept.”
The scouser last fought in 2018 when he was brutally stopped by Ukrainian, Oleksandr Usyk.
🗓 ON THIS DAY in 2018…
Oleksandr Usyk defended his undisputed cruiserweight championship with an eighth-round TKO win over Tony Bellew in front of a packed-out Manchester Arena 💥
— IFL TV (@IFLTV) November 10, 2023
Bellew has been a fan favourite on the show and is now one of the frontrunners to be crowned ‘King of the Jungle.’