Bellew chills out with cryotherapy session at Everton’s training base

Everton fan Tony Bellew chills out with -124 degrees cryotherapy session at club’s Finch Farm training base ahead of Oleksandr Usyk showdown

  • Tony Bellew chilled out in Everton’s cryotherapy tank on Wednesday morning
  • The 35-year-old’s in training camp ahead of the Oleksandr Usyk fight next month
  • Lifelong Everton fan Bellew has been given permission to use the club’s chamber
  • Bellew posted a picture of him standing in the -124 degrees tank on Instagram
  • He faces Usyk on November 10 for the undisputed crusierweight championship

Big Everton fan Tony Bellew has had permission from the club to use the cryotherapy chamber at their Finch Farm training base and chilled out in it on Wednesday morning as he continued his preparations for next month’s fight with Oleksandr Usyk.

The 35-year-old has been slaving away in the gym like never before ahead of what will be the biggest task of his 33-fight career for all the marbles in the crusierweight division.

Bellew posted a picture of him withstanding the freezing cold temperatures of the chamber on his Instagram account and wrote: ‘Recovery at -124… Eat, train, sleep repeat!’

Tony Bellew chilled out in a cryotherapy chamber at Everton's training ground on Wednesday

Tony Bellew chilled out in a cryotherapy chamber at Everton’s training ground on Wednesday

The 35-year-old is training hard in the gym ahead of next month's fight with Oleksandr Usyk

The 35-year-old is training hard in the gym ahead of next month’s fight with Oleksandr Usyk

The former WBC world champion is a lifelong Everton fan and wears the club’s badge on his shorts for most of his fights and walks out to Z Cars – the song played before kick-off at every home match.

He also regularly attends Everton games and won his first world title at Goodison Park after knocking out Ilunga Makabu on an emotional night two years ago.

Bellew is the latest boxer to jump on the cryotherapy bandwagon, with Canelo Alvarez the biggest name in the sport who regularly uses them in his training camps.

The Liverpool boxer faces Usyk for all the crusierweight world titles on November 10

The Liverpool boxer faces Usyk for all the crusierweight world titles on November 10

Bellew is a lifelong Everton fan and won his first world title at their stadium back in 2016
He captured the WBC crusierweight world title by knocking out Ilunga Makabu

Bellew is a lifelong Everton fan and won his first world title at their stadium back in 2016

Bellew with his three sons Corey (L), Cobey (M) and Carter (R) at Goodison Park last year

Bellew with his three sons Corey (L), Cobey (M) and Carter (R) at Goodison Park last year

He even walks in to Z Cars- Everton's theme tune - and wears the badge on his fighting shorts

He even walks in to Z Cars- Everton’s theme tune – and wears the badge on his fighting shorts

Cryotherapy has become hugely popular with athletes, particularly footballers over the last few years with Everton installing their chamber at their training ground back in 2017 after Leicester credited it for helping them win the Premier League.

THE BENEFITS OF CRYOTHERAPY

– Cryotherapy can help with muscle and joint pain

– It may also promote faster healing of athletic injuries

– It can improve antioxidant levels in the blood and can simultaneously reduce inflammation and swelling

– Cryotherapy alone will not cause weight loss, but it could support the process. In theory, being cold forces the body to work harder to stay warm

– It can also potentially prevent several illnesses, including dementia, cancer, reduce anxiety and depression, improve symptoms of eczema and treat migraine headaches.

The freezing cold tanks, which can be cooled to temperatures as low as -160°C, can help with muscle pain and promotes faster healing of athletic injuries and recovery time. 

Bellew has just over three weeks left in his camp before he faces Usyk, who is unbeaten in his 15-fight professional career, for the undisputed crusierweight championship of the world at the Manchester Arena. 

Despite being an overwhelming underdog, Bellew is confident of beating Olympic gold medallist Usyk next month. 

‘This guy is a bit special. He’s fantastic at what he does. He’s a brilliant boxer. This guy has won everything he can possibly win in boxing. I’m being absolutely stupid thinking I can beat him, aren’t I? That’s what they all tell me,’ he said on Love Sport Radio recently.

Idrissa Gueye, Morgan Schneiderlin and Oumar Niasse using Everton's chamber last year

Idrissa Gueye, Morgan Schneiderlin and Oumar Niasse using Everton’s chamber last year

Mexican sensation Canelo Alvarez also uses cryotherapy regularly in his training camps

Mexican sensation Canelo Alvarez also uses cryotherapy regularly in his training camps

‘But I believe in myself and this is why I’ve been a world champion, this is why I’ve been a Commonwealth and European champion and this is why I got to fight at my beloved Goodison Park for the WBC championship of the world – because I believe in myself. It doesn’t matter how good he is or how good he’s expected to be on November 10, I’m going to find a way against all the odds once again. 

‘I’m looking forward to getting in and taking on the toughest test of my career. Oleksandr Usyk is the Mount Everest of the cruiserweights, he’s the icing on the cake. I always thought I could be world champion but never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I was going to fight for all four championship belts and a Ring magazine belt. 

‘I never dreamt that would ever be possible. I did think I could become world champion, but did I genuinely believe I could fight for all four belts? No. So I couldn’t pass up on this dream. I was retired, but this man with four belts round his waist all at the same time and the first name that comes out of his mouth is Tony Bellew. Be careful what you wish for because on November 10, you’re going to get it.’

BELLEW V USYK: TALE OF THE TAPE

TONY BELLEW

Age: 35

Stance: Orthodox 

Height: 6′ 3″ / 191cm

Reach: 74″ / 188cm

Fights: 33

Won: 30

K.O’s: 20

Drawn: 1

Lost: 2

OLEKSANDR USYK

Age: 31

Stance: Southpaw

Height: 6′ 3″ / 190cm

Reach: 78″ / 198cm

Fights: 15

Won: 15

K.O’s: 11

Drawn: 0

Lost: 0

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