Between 15,000 and 20,000 were expected to watch the bout in a specially constructed ring in the centre of Everton's home pitch and they roared the diehard Blue on to victory after he was knocked down in the first round.
Former Blues Sylvain Distin and David Moyes were two of the recognisable faces in attendance, with the ex-manager pictured sharing an executive box with chairman Bill Knwright earlier in the evening.
Bellew embraced Kenwright at the end of the fight on an emotional night under the lights at Goodison and he admitted that he would have pulled out of the fight through injury had not been taking place at the place he calls home.
He described how he dislodged a rib at a training camp last month and had to spend hours in a hyperbaric chamber to help him recover in time.
Before the bout, Bellew was in confident mood and dying to make his bid for a WBC title at Goodison.
"I'm a Scouser and a mad Evertonian. I don't care how good he is, I don't care how hard he hits, I'm going to become WBC cruiserweight champion in front of thousands of Scousers at Goodison Park and nothing will stop me," Bellew he said.
"Creed has done something nuts to me. It's created a whirlwind and this is where it's taken me — it's unbelievable.
"Thanks to Everton, Bill Kenwright and everyone who has believed in me and backed me from day one. The dream becomes a reality on May 29."
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1 Posted 29/05/2016 at 10:46:17
2 Posted 29/05/2016 at 16:19:17
3 Posted 29/05/2016 at 16:34:29
4 Posted 29/05/2016 at 17:40:53
I will be on my way there in a couple of hours. Let's hope we are celebrating into the night.
5 Posted 29/05/2016 at 17:46:40
6 Posted 29/05/2016 at 17:49:43
This will be the first fight I've watched live since the '90s as boxing went down the drain with clowns like Douglas, Haye, Klitschko etc...... Good luck Tony and do us proud.
7 Posted 29/05/2016 at 17:55:14
Tough fight but Fortress Goodison can inspire you.
8 Posted 29/05/2016 at 18:24:48
9 Posted 29/05/2016 at 19:31:06
Colin, I hope you enjoy the night, there are a few good fighters on the bill.
10 Posted 29/05/2016 at 20:05:42
Needs the crowd in full voice as Tony wasn't exactly looking in optimum shape at the weigh-in and this guy can hit hard.
Big night ahead.
11 Posted 29/05/2016 at 20:59:29
12 Posted 29/05/2016 at 21:33:53
13 Posted 29/05/2016 at 21:46:39
Superb build up section on SS1!
Big Dunc now.... lol
Roasting Hot Atmosphere!
Do him, Tony!
14 Posted 29/05/2016 at 21:47:08
Sorry I just can't see it being announced tonight, I don't think they have made their choice as yet and also in my opinion it would be in pretty poor taste to do it tonight on the biggest night of Tony Bellew's career, it's his night tonight! Good Luck, son!
15 Posted 29/05/2016 at 22:13:15
Come on Tony.
16 Posted 29/05/2016 at 22:15:50
17 Posted 29/05/2016 at 22:16:18
18 Posted 29/05/2016 at 22:16:38
19 Posted 29/05/2016 at 22:16:45
20 Posted 29/05/2016 at 22:16:48
21 Posted 29/05/2016 at 22:17:43
Thought this would be tougher than three rounds.
But there's no stopping the Blue Boys.
That's an omen for the future.
We're on the up.
23 Posted 29/05/2016 at 22:18:55
24 Posted 29/05/2016 at 22:19:02
25 Posted 29/05/2016 at 22:21:31
LOL (or whatever the kids type these days).
I hope the other lad recovers OK.
26 Posted 29/05/2016 at 22:21:51
Class act Bellew, how class.
The hug with Makabu.
Style & Dignity since 1878.
27 Posted 29/05/2016 at 22:23:09
28 Posted 29/05/2016 at 22:24:14
Well done Tony!
29 Posted 29/05/2016 at 22:24:51
30 Posted 29/05/2016 at 22:25:39
Well done Tony Bellew.
31 Posted 29/05/2016 at 22:27:18
32 Posted 29/05/2016 at 22:29:16
33 Posted 29/05/2016 at 22:29:26
34 Posted 29/05/2016 at 22:30:09
But fuckin' HELL that was fuckin awesome !
First title at "The Old lady" for fuckin' decades !
Thankx Tony Bellew !
35 Posted 29/05/2016 at 22:30:44
Great to see someone representing our club so well and not forgetting us when they make it big.
36 Posted 29/05/2016 at 22:32:23
37 Posted 29/05/2016 at 22:32:26
38 Posted 29/05/2016 at 22:42:30
39 Posted 29/05/2016 at 22:46:24
Once in the movies and tonight for real. Anybody else done that ?
40 Posted 29/05/2016 at 22:47:36
41 Posted 29/05/2016 at 22:47:48
42 Posted 29/05/2016 at 22:49:34
43 Posted 29/05/2016 at 22:56:41
44 Posted 29/05/2016 at 23:03:16
45 Posted 29/05/2016 at 23:04:39
Everton Vina de Mar promoted.
Tony "Bomber" Bellew, crowned World Champ at "The Old Lady"
The times they are a'changing......
In tribute to our wonderful Chilean Twins
46 Posted 29/05/2016 at 23:05:37
47 Posted 29/05/2016 at 23:21:05
Anyway... well done, Tony Bellew, a great performance and result. Makabu looked out cold on his feet after that left hook.
48 Posted 29/05/2016 at 23:37:10
BTW, they pasted a tweet from John Bishop having a go about best thing that happened at Goodison since Ian Rush scored blah. Hate him even more now, didn't think it was possible. If you are on that crappy Twitter, hassle him, please! ;)
49 Posted 29/05/2016 at 23:39:04
50 Posted 29/05/2016 at 23:45:23
51 Posted 29/05/2016 at 23:48:21
52 Posted 29/05/2016 at 23:50:04
I'm sure that the Norwegian community of Runcorn will have found some solace in Bishop Johns words.
Another first for Everton and Evertonians.
Congratulations WORLD CHAMPION TONY BELLEW !
53 Posted 29/05/2016 at 23:52:31
Trust that fuckin' phoney to get in on the act, bet he'd never been to a fight before, pity Bellew likes him, should have give him a left hook as well and a couple at Ginger Moyes. Still them pair can't spoil a great night.
54 Posted 29/05/2016 at 23:52:58
I wasn't there but on Sky the place sounded like it was rocking and Johnny Nelson and Carl Froch very complementary of the crowd.
Tony Bellow well deserved and has given Everton great profile.
55 Posted 30/05/2016 at 00:13:07
56 Posted 30/05/2016 at 00:20:15
It's all starting to smell a bit fishy, especially with that fat headed phoney of a chairman showing up everywhere when he's supposed to be ill...
57 Posted 30/05/2016 at 00:29:20
I was honestly glad that he put you down Tony, because it brought into you, the lyrics from that famous song. "Something Inside So Strong".
The look in your eyes was brilliant when he spun you over. It was like your brain was resonating with what had just happened at Goodison Park, and then you found the lyrics!
"CHAMPION OF THE WORLD BELLOW" A TRUE CHAMPION AS WELL, BECAUSE YOU HAVE GOT A CHAMPIONS HEART!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!
58 Posted 30/05/2016 at 00:41:39
I might be wrong but I don't believe a word that comes out of that fat fuck's arse. It was a brilliant night but seeing Dear Leader together with his darling David put a damper on it for me.
59 Posted 30/05/2016 at 00:46:57
Likely Bellew was happy to see them.
What anyone thinks doesn't count.
60 Posted 30/05/2016 at 01:00:33
One of the best nights of boxing in a long time, and well deserved for a cracking bloke who entirely deserves it.....wish I'd been there!
61 Posted 30/05/2016 at 01:02:34
If that was a LFC-supporting fighter who we wanted to lose on the basis of their football loyalties, it would be put forward as another example of Evertonian 'bitterness'.
Only downside was that fuckwit 'Chairman' attempting to get in the limelight again.
But that doesn't spoil a great night of Boxing for our City.
62 Posted 30/05/2016 at 01:22:52
63 Posted 30/05/2016 at 01:41:10
Well it looks like we have been well and truly shafted by Bill this time...
Be careful what you wish for, someone once said, and I said it a few months ago when we all called for Martinez to be sacked. Well we got our wish, and now it looks like 'And then something we don't want.'
64 Posted 30/05/2016 at 01:41:52
65 Posted 30/05/2016 at 02:20:33
Would he ?
66 Posted 30/05/2016 at 02:49:49
Well done Tony Bellew you have made us all proud.
67 Posted 30/05/2016 at 02:55:35
68 Posted 30/05/2016 at 03:11:16
That's how you respond when you get knocked down.
Nice one Tony. Let's hope we see Goodison rocking like that all next season!
69 Posted 30/05/2016 at 03:31:54
70 Posted 30/05/2016 at 05:47:06
His interview in the ring afterwards was a bit special too!
The only thing I haven't seen is the actual coverage of his ring entrance... Anyone got a link? I've seen some supporter phone footage but not the actual Sky coverage.
71 Posted 30/05/2016 at 06:15:33
72 Posted 30/05/2016 at 06:43:08
He didn't just give the go ahead, he played an active part in organising the whole shebang... lousy chairman, but he knows how to put a show on.
73 Posted 30/05/2016 at 07:15:11
If he respects us the way he respects his 'beloved' Everton, he should issue a statement immediately to prepare us for the worst!
74 Posted 30/05/2016 at 08:01:58
I do hope that that there was no business done with Moyes and Kenwright though!
John Bishop's Tweet was put on the screen by Sky the tit couldn't resist having a dig. It just show his lack of class, and the RS tossers on Facebook trolling the fight comments show real jealousy. They hate us in the limelight.
Let's hope we get a high profile manager who will fill them with dread for the season ahead. Nice one, Tony Bellew.
75 Posted 30/05/2016 at 08:53:00
As for giving Moyes and Kenwright stick at the match is just pathetic, you moan the RS have no class then abuse the chairman and ex manager, double standards. A lot of people on this site need to look in the mirror and just pause before being offending by every little incident.
Enjoy the boxing and put away the politics of football, best part of the night was when both boxers hugged on the floor and respected each other.
76 Posted 30/05/2016 at 08:57:46
Wanted Alan Rudkin to win every fight he had Alan was a red; wanted David Price to win last night.
It was fantastic for Tony to win the world title in a place that he loves, his second home if you like, but it was about boxing, the football part was secondary to me. Even when Tony said "I am Everton", it didn't register with me. No, Tony, you are not Everton you are a part of Everton; your success was brilliant for you as a man and a boxer.
Hope you have some more big pay-days as a boxer and secure you and your family's future, well done.
78 Posted 30/05/2016 at 09:50:08
Can't really criticise anyone who is brave enough to get into the ring, but I really wish that Pricey had as big of a heart as Bellow. If he did it would be brilliant for this city, because I think we would have two world champions now, with Callum Smith to follow.
Not sure how far Liam Smith, can go, but right to the top I hope, because he's a really top kid. His brother, Steven, is another boxer who I really enjoy watching, never takes a backward step, and has got a terrific work ethic. I've still got high hopes for him. He's learned how to lose (surely the hardest thing in boxing), and he's come back stronger.
Nothing better than seeing the local boys doing so well. It's great to see, whoever they support, even if I was made up with Everton for refusing Price his song!
79 Posted 30/05/2016 at 10:19:26
80 Posted 30/05/2016 at 10:28:22
I too wondered what became of him and was looking out for him at ringside last night but to no avail.
81 Posted 30/05/2016 at 10:40:50
82 Posted 30/05/2016 at 10:56:13
Suffering this morning, feel like I've been hit with a right 'ook to the ribs, but all worth it.
Well done, Tony. Congratulations!!!
83 Posted 30/05/2016 at 12:58:21
How they put up with that sneak Moyes is beyond me. I just hope we don't have him back.
Anyway, it was Bellew's night. Well done lad........
84 Posted 30/05/2016 at 13:37:44
Let me just say that Moyes IS NOT coming back to the club as Martinez's replacement. 100% guaranteed!
85 Posted 30/05/2016 at 14:37:37
And Mick (#56) he is well ill mate, for sure. In fact, he's bearing up well.
86 Posted 30/05/2016 at 15:49:56
It you didn't seeit you must watch it on catch up. All Evertonians past and present were represented and it mattered not to me that the likes of Moyes were there. It was a coming together of Evertonians and Tony made me proud to be a Toffee.
Thanks to him it was a night that will live long in the memory when Goodison is no longer with us. Very proud last night and when Johnny Todd started to play I had goosebumps.
Well done Tony, immense effort
87 Posted 30/05/2016 at 15:50:10
88 Posted 30/05/2016 at 17:11:58
I didn't fancy him to be honest but he rose to the occasion and smashed him all over under the Goodison lights. What a dream come true for the lad.
I've no problem at all with Moyes and Kenwright being there. I wouldn't expect anything else.
89 Posted 30/05/2016 at 17:54:07
Tony Bellew just showed them you've got to graft to win a title. What a lad, what a blue, and what a night!
As for our loveable neighbours, didn't they end the season like us potless and not even in the European places? Ah well, there's always next season, hey...
90 Posted 30/05/2016 at 19:31:41
92 Posted 01/06/2016 at 15:29:55
The dark side do not deserve any praise however small from any Evertonian.
May Liverpool football club NEVER win another thing.
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