Re: most fighters at 175 would smash bellew a new **** hole
Having watched the fight......
The opponent was tough, he went down from a couple of early top of the head shots perhaps with off balance issues. This built up the points for Bellew. Tony was caught with some very decent counter punches, the counter left opened that wicked cut. It was a very very bad cut, the cut's man did a top drawer job on that. The other guy did not have much of an offense. The best way to win a fight with a cut that bad, was to box and stay away, win on points. Bellew did this. It was a decent fight, he picked up a title, but also a bad cut. It may open the door to bigger fights because some of the better fighters may see him as an easier opponent now.
It was Bellews fight to lose, going for a stoppage would have seen him risk more counters. I'm not sure if Tony was tight at the weight, but he did the 12 rounds ok.