Everton mad Tony Bellew backs Kick It Out
Tony Bellew tackles Danny McIntosh tonight (27 April) in their hotly anticipated British light heavyweight clash at the Echo Arena in Liverpool – and the home town fighter is urging the city to back football’s Kick It Out campaign.
The champ is a huge Everton fan and recently trod the Goodison Park turf with his idol Duncan Ferguson to give their backing to the club’s community work, and now the 30-year-old is championing football’s fight against racism after a tough year for the problem.
“Sport is designed to unite people and bring them together,” said Bellew. “When you look at the minute’s silence at the FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool, it was impeccable because it’s a city united by football. I think boxing does the same as we’ve got some great fighters on Merseyside and we all try to do our bit in the community by getting kids off the streets and in the gyms.
“There’s been some unsavoury moments this season on and off the pitch and everyone needs to step up to the plate and say enough is enough and stamp it out. Everton do some great work in the community, raising awareness of issues like racism and also working with kids – the club has my full support as everyone knows, but even more so with the work they do with Kick It Out.”