Tony Bellew is being praised after admitting that he nearly died before entering the ITV jungle.
Bellew arrived as a late comer to camp along with Italian jockey Frankie Dettori.
The boxing commentator had previously revealed that he'd almost pulled out of I’m A Celeb after his nan, Rose, died just one day after signing his contract.
Bellew said that he only committed to heading over to Australia once he’d confirmed he could get back in time for her funeral afterwards.
And that now he’s in there, he’s since revealed that he nearly died when he fought Oleksandr Usyk back in 2018.
During last night’s (26 November) episode, Bellew claimed if the referee hadn’t called it off, he fears he wouldn’t have survived the fight.
The Scouser said the referee ‘saved his life’ when he fought the Ukrainian boxer, while telling Spears he ‘lives for the knockout’.
Made in Chelsea’s Sam Thompson then asked the 40-year-old what it was like to fight Usyk which had a simple answer: “Too hard.”
“I’ve never fought someone like him whose got everything,” Bellew explained.
Praising the boxer’s skills, he went on to explain that he was so ‘exhausted’ he doesn’t remember the last parts of the fight.
Usyk beat Bellew by KO when the referee stopped the fight in the eighth round – ending the Brit’s ten-fight winning streak.
“I remember everything up until round seven,” Bellew said. “I don’t remember round eight.
“He didn’t knock me clean out. I wasn’t asleep – I was down on me back, and I get up at six.”
But although he was standing, he added: “Thank God the referee didn’t let me [fight], because he’d [Usyk] kill me.
“The referee literally saved me life. Next shot probably puts me away for good.”
And in the TikTok comments of the I’m A Celeb clip, users call the boxer a ‘top bloke’ and a ‘proper chap’.
Others added: “Fair play he is humble.”
Another also said: “I used to not like him because he thought he was all that yk but generally he’s a decent person and I like seeing him in here.”
One even put: “The lad is a legend,” as many hope that he makes it to the final.Featured Image Credit: ITV