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 Last update:  11/29/2013       Read more by Boxing Clever         
Bellew: I Respect His Power, But I'll Hurt Stevenson
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Liverpool light-heavyweight Tony Bellew is convinced he can pull off one of the great British boxing upsets and dethrone WBC champion Adonis Stevenson in Quebec on Saturday night.

The 30-year-old Bellew goes into the fight as a huge underdog against big-punching Stevenson, who claimed the title in June with a stunning first-round knockout of former champion Chad Dawson.

The bout is a major step up for Bellew, who lost his only previous world title challenge via majority decision to Nathan Cleverly in October, and struggled twice this year to squeeze past Malawi's Isaac Chilemba.

But Bellew has never been shy about sharing his qualities and has matched the brash 36-year-old Stevenson in the pre-fight build-up, deriding the 5ft 11ins champion as a "dwarf" and a "midget".

Bellew said: "I've been thinking about him morning, noon and night. He's the first thing I think about when I wake up and the last thing I think about when I go to bed. All I want to do is nail him."

Bellew is clearly taking great hope from Stevenson's only career defeat, a second-round loss to Darnell Boone in 2010 - a reversal Stevenson avenged earlier this year via sixth-round knockout.

Bellew added: "Don't believe the hype. You should just look at the facts, and the fact of the matter is that he's been knocked out by a journeyman.

"I've got respect for what he does, and I respect his punch-power, but come Saturday night there's only going to be one winner. I'm hurting Adonis Stevenson, and I'm taking his belt."

The bare statistics suggest otherwise. Bellew was floored twice in the opening two rounds by domestic-level Ovill McKenzie in 2010, begging serious questions over how he will stand up to Stevenson's stunning left hooks.

One clattering shot was enough to dump Dawson down and out on the canvas so dramatically that almost overnight Stevenson went from a late-starter to a sensation being lined up for major unification bouts.

Recent Cleverly conqueror Sergey Kovalev is being talked about as a prospective future foe for Stevenson, whose biggest threat to retaining his title may come from complacency.

Tags: Tony Bellew , Adonis Stevenson , Stevenson vs. Bellew , Stevenson-Bellew


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comment by O.H. Canada, on 11-30-2013
Stevenson can outbox Bellew and can K.O. him so Bellew's chances are slim. Don't see Bellew K.O'ing him so IF he does do well early and survives, it won't be for long as I believe he'll get stopped by the 7th Round latest.

comment by petero, on 11-29-2013
Bellew is a tough dude with alot of confidence. Like Groves he's been at boxing a long time, a live dog for sure.

comment by JackTheLad, on 11-29-2013
Big ask for Bellew this! But I think he survives till about round 8 or so in a pretty close fight but then Stevenson starts to pile on the pressure and its good night. I hope im wrong and he can pull it off but I doubt it.

comment by fladz, on 11-29-2013
I don't like Bellew's chances but I'll be cheering him on all the way, really glad he's got his shot. If he pulls it off it will be amazing. I couldn't stand him a few years ago, but to say he's grown on me is an understatement. Go on Bomber!

comment by Evil_Meat, on 11-29-2013
Haven't seen too much of Bellew but I think if he can get through the opening round or two while hes cold he will be able to give Adonis Stevenson a fight. I just have a feeling that it wouldn't be a bad idea to throw 20 bucks on first round ko and 20 bucks on 2nd round ko Stevenson might try to ...

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