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 Last update:  2/4/2014       Read more by Boxing Clever         
Bellew: Cleverly is a Fraud, Doesn't Want To Be a Boxer!
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By Phil Barnett, Press Association Sport (@BarnettoPA)

Tony Bellew is on a collision course with bitter rival Nathan Cleverly after vowing to give the man he labels a fraud "a good hiding".

Both Liverpudlian Bellew and his former conqueror Cleverly have moved up from light-heavyweight to cruiserweight following defeats in their most recent fights.

While Bellew came up short against WBC champion Adonis Stevenson in November, Cleverly lost his WBO belt to Sergey Kovalev in Cardiff.

Each man harbours ambitions of world title glory at the higher weight and Bellew expects the two could meet in the near future in a rematch of the Welshman's close majority decision win in 2011.

Assessing his plan to win a world title at the third attempt, Bellew told Press Association Sport: "I know my promoter Eddie Hearn is keen on getting me in against this other clown (Cleverly) and wants to make it happen. I'll do it.

"He's the only person in boxing I truly despise. I don't like Adonis Stevenson as a person but he's a great fighter whereas I just despise the other fella on every level. I detest him. The way he looks at me, looking down his nose, thinking he's something he's not."

Bellew said of mathematics graduate Cleverly: "He's a fraud. He doesn't even want to be a boxer.

"If I have to go through him to get a world title fight then so be it. I'm happy to do it.

"I basically had to beg for the rematch after the first fight and was told 'no'. Everyone knows how much I wanted it - and how much he didn't want it.

"Now he has nowhere to go. He sells about 10 tickets in his hometown while in Liverpool we can sell 10,000. I believe he needs me now and I don't need him. But with my attitude towards him, I'd love nothing more than to give him a good hiding."

Bellew, 31, admits the move up to cruiserweight was overdue.

"If it's not broken then don't fix it and I was making the weight for years and while it was a struggle, it was working for me," he said. "It wasn't 'broken'. But Adonis Stevenson broke it. He shattered it.

"But it's up to me to fix it, it's a simple as that, and I'm going to do what I should have done maybe two or three years ago and do what I've got to do by moving up. I'm sure I'll get back to where I was a light-heavyweight at cruiserweight."

Of his sixth-round stoppage defeat by Canada-based Haitian Stevenson, Bellew, who debuts at cruiserweight against Valery Brudov on March 16, said: "He's the biggest pound-for-pound puncher in the world and one of the most in-form fighters on the planet.

"I've never chosen the easy route to world titles or the easy route in fights and I came up short against Stevenson.

"Stevenson is a pretty disgusting human being but he's an outstanding, amazing fighter with an amazing punch and an amazing defence. I give him his due on the fighting.

"I've never done things the easy way and never shirked a challenge and I'm not going to start now."

Tags: Nathan Cleverly , Tony Bellew


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comment by jas, on 02-05-2014
bellew is a complete retard. he said "i cant see how a case can be made for pascal winning the fight" speaking on bute-pascal

comment by uncommon, on 02-05-2014
Message to Bubba Balloon: if Cleverly doesn't want to be a boxer, of what business is that of yours?

comment by ragingbull1, on 02-05-2014
[QUOTE=boxingfocus]Bellew is such a bloody whiner. He constantly cries about not getting an immediate rematch for a fairly unexciting fight that he didn't really ever threaten to win. Now he cries constantly about his weight in every interview. Yeah, yeah, you didn't lose because Adonis was bet...

comment by Red Cyclone, on 02-04-2014
What is the point, its hard to talk about someone not wanting to be a boxer... Yes Nathan Cleverly is a fairly smart enough well educated guy but to say he doesn't want to be a boxer on what grounds does he have? He's done the same thing as Cleverly, as soon as they both stepped up to face big p...

comment by Cloud, on 02-04-2014
[QUOTE=Trudoe]Is it just me or is it mostly fighters from the UK who talk to dyam much. This guy, Froch, Khan, even Groves's crying of late... wtf is it with y'all UK'ers? Stop the bloodclott crying and fight, this is boxing not a soap opera. All these big talks before fights only to come up l...

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