On yet another unsurprisingly cold, January afternoon, I’m at Marylebone’s BXR state of the art gym in Central London, where I caught up with Watford’s exciting and hugely popular, Reece ‘Bomber’ Bellotti, who’s currently preparing for his 12th professional fight at a venue he’s become very accustomed to – the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London.
Tipped for the top by many, and safe to say, he hasn’t put a foot wrong as of far, already raced to an impressive 11-0 with 10KOs at a ferocious pace. The 27-year old Bellotti is a familiar face to the boxing fraternity over the last couple of years, especially with his appearances on the popular JDNXTGEN shows which feature many of the young talented fighters coming through. Reece captured the Commonwealth featherweight title against former titleholder Jason Cunningham in October at the York Hall on Matchroom’s last edition of the NXTGEN series. Reece & Jason contested a competitive, hard-hitting affair which saw the Watford native defeat Doncaster’s Cunningham with a sixth-round stoppage.
Reece defends his title for the first time against Crawley’s Ben Jones at the 02 Arena, playing a major part of the supporting cast to the highly anticipated domestic cruiserweight clash between Lawrence Okolie and Isaac Chamberlain.
I spoke to the talented and hard-hitting undefeated Featherweight prospect on his aspirations for the year ahead.
(Audio also contains Dan’s interview with Reece Bellotti, press play to listen)
May of this year will mark 3 years since you’re pro debut, quite a blistering start it’s been as well! How do you feel your development has progressed on your journey so far?
“I am coming on with each fight and they are all learning experiences for me, the last one especially (vs Jason Cunningham). Been working on that in the gym and hopefully on Saturday night you will see a different fighter then you normally would, a fighter who is a little bit more clever. Listen every fight is an experience for me, I’m learning and getting better from them.”
You’re next out on February 3rd (Saturday) at the O2, defending your commonwealth title against the experienced Ben ‘Duracell’ Jones. What have you seen of Jones and what sort of challenge do you feel he’ll bring?
“Ben is a game fighter with a style similar to myself really, obviously he lost to Cunningham last time out and a lot of people I know have said it was quite a close fight and might have deserved the verdict. Now he has got another shot at it so we will see what he brings Saturday night. I expect it to be a very entertaining fight because our styles are very similar.”
Last time out, you rallied back to stop the slick, Jason Cunningham in a thrilling fight at York Hall to win the Commonwealth title. Looking back, What did you learn from that fight?
“That’s the biggest learning fight I have had since I have been a pro, mentally I lost my head a little bit in that fight and I have learnt from that. He was very awkward and my footwork was a little bit lacklustre at certain points and we have been working on that in the camp and hopefully, I won’t be doing that again.”
Looking ahead – should you safely defeat Jones on Saturday night, what would you like to go on and achieve in 2018?
“Obviously without looking past Ben Jones but I just want to win more titles. That’s my aim in boxing and hopefully go onto the European maybe but we will have to wait and see what the team and Eddie (Hearn) say what the best route to go down is.”
A potential fight for down the line is domestic rivals, Ryan Walsh and Issac Lowe, who contest for the British Featherweight title in a couple of weeks in Manchester. How do you see that one going?
“I have watched both guys on Instagram and they have both training very hard, I do expect a career-best performance from Lowe because he looks very switched on. Me personally, I think Walsh gets a late stoppage in my opinion. I just think his experience and toughness will show in that fight.”
Another domestic fight at a higher level which has been recently announced is Lee Selby who defends his IBF world title against the unbeaten Josh Warrington. Thoughts on that?
“Going before into Lee Selby’s last fight I would have said Lee Selby win all day in my opinion. Going on Lee Selby’s last fight though (December 9 vs Eduardo Ramirez) if Josh Warrington was in there that night I feel Josh Warrington would have beaten Lee Selby. It all depends on which Lee Selby turns up on the night but going on his last performance it’s definitely 50/50 now. Before I was edging towards Lee but its now 50/50.”
Warrington is a busy fighter aint he, like yourself
“Exactly that and those fighters are hard to beat, will be a good fight though Selby v Warrington.”
You were recently welcomed at your beloved Watford FC, where you were introduced at halftime on the pitch displaying you’re Commonwealth and WBC International Silver belts. What would it mean to you to possibly fight there in front of you’re adoring local crowd one day?
“Yeah listen as you say I was on the pitch at half time the other day, we were losing two-nil at the time though and I still got a good reception. You get that home vibe, it would be a dream to fight there similar to what Warrington is doing at the moment fighting in Leeds (May 19th at Elland Road). That extra home support always goes in your favour so it is something which I would love to do.”
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