Reece Bellotti often rubs shoulders with the likes of James Bond – or Daniel Craig – in his day job
On Friday, Bellotti will headline the bill at York Hall against Jason Cunningham with the Commonwealth featherweight title on the line, comfortably the biggest fight of his 10-bout career.
It will be his sixth bout at the historic Bethnal Green venue, having made his professional debut there just two years ago.
And despite his relatively short career, his name is already being thrown around with the likes of world title challenger Luke Campbell, an Olympic gold medallist the comparison with whom Bellotti finds more than a little flattering.
“Maybe box for a few more internationals. I need to gain experience more than anything else,” Bellotti told Express Sport, shying away from any bigger belts than that – for the moment.
Reece Bellotti is happy to be patient in his quest for belts
“Everyone I face has a lot more experience than I do. Experience is priceless.
“You need to box every type of different style, the way people move differently. So I’m not looking to far ahead of myself.
“But everyone gets into boxing to win world titles and I’m not scared to fight anybody.
“Even if the opportunity came up where Eddie rang me and said ‘we’ve got this opportunity to fight for a world title’ then I’d take it with both hands.”
Reece Bellotti has impressed plenty with his ability and punching power
Bellotti knows he probably has to go down the route of British and European titles first, which would pit him against the likes of Ryan Walsh and Marc Vidal.
But even before that, the Watford fighter is focused on the hardest fight of his career against Cunningham.
“I’m expecting a very tough performance from him,” Bellotti added.
“It’ll be my toughest fight by a mile I think.
“Obviously, he’s a southpaw which is something I haven’t come up across as a professional yet.
“I’ve boxed quite a few as an amateur.
“He’s very durable, he’s come up through the weights, and he’s boxed a couple of people I’ve boxed.
“He faced Jamie Speight and beat him.
“This fight is going to be everything different from what I’m used to it.”
What Bellotti is really used to is very different from other fighters.
Even at the age of just 26, “Bomber” boasts a hefty contacts book in the film industry and regularly gets called upon to work on the lighting of some of the biggest franchises: James Bond, Harry Potter, Mission Impossible.
“You mix with a lot of celebrities and you can’t act star-struck so I guess the pressure of getting the lights in the right time and in the right place helps me [with the pressure of boxing] and also keeps me grounded,” Bellotti said.
He also used to play football with Anthony Joshua – “I was only 13 and he was already six foot and more!” – but soon switched football boots for boxing gloves.
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“I’ve always been into my fitness from a young age,” Bellotti added.
“The main reason I got into boxing was because I thought it was one of the best sports for fitness. I go running and take part in 10km as a side thing so fitness is something I enjoy.”
And as a man with no fear of going the distance, he’s relishing the prospect of going 12 rounds for the first time in his career.
“The way we approached the fight against Speight, we were looking to go to the later rounds,” Bellotti said.
“I got to round eight and eventually stopped him. As a boxer, generally if you can do eight you know you can do 10.
“I haven’t been to 10 to know I can do 12 but I’ve done it in the gym plenty of times so I don’t see any reason why I shouldn’t be okay over the 12-round distance.
“Cunningham being a tough opponent who has never been stopped, I half-expect it to go that far.”