And the unbeaten Evertonian has invited fellow young guns Dan Gosling and Jack Rodwell to be his ringside guests when he challenges for the vacant Commonwealth light- heavyweight title at the ECHO Arena in 16 days' time.
'I took time off training on Saturday to watch the Toffees,' said unbeaten Bellew, 27.
'The blue half of the city has been buzzing since the United game and it's gave me a real boost ahead of my first title fight.
'The win against United showed that we've got some cracking young footballers in this city, but don't forget the boxers as well.
'The talent around at the moment is unbelievable - just look at this bill on March 12.
'Paul Smith has got a lot of attention because he is the British super-middleweight champion, while Tony Dodson remains one of the most popular fighters on Merseyside.