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 Last update:  11/30/2013       Read more by Nick Parsons         
   
Bellew: If I Hit Stevenson Flush, He is Going To Sleep!
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By Nick Parsons, courtesy of The Daily Star

TONY BELLEW insists that he will exploit 'midget' Adonis Stevenson's defensive frailties and pull off a big upset tonight. The Scouse scrapper takes on the heavy-hitting Haitian for the WBC world light-heavyweight title in Quebec City, Canada.

Stevenson - nicknamed 'Superman' - shot to fame with his first-round KO of Yank Chad Dawson in June, but Bellew hopes to expose the Canada-based fighter's defence.

Bellew, 30, starts a big underdog for his second world title tilt but does have a four-inch height advantage that he hopes will help him against 36-year-old Stevenson, who has stopped 19 of his 22 victims.

He said: "I'm not stupid enough to go out there and just trade punches with Adonis Stevenson - but I won't run from him either.

"He'll get a shock when I hit him back on the outside - and I'm the better fighter on the inside.

"I know what he is all about - he likes to leap in from short range with big punches.

"But I'm going in there to execute a game plan I have been working on for 12 weeks and I know it's going to work.

"He's got a big punch, but if I take that away from him, he's just a midget and when he connects on me, he'll get punched back for a change.

"I have dragged myself up from face-first knockdowns to win.

"He's never done that.

It is easy to get caught up in the hype and believe he is some great KO puncher and the new Mike Tyson.

"He isn't. He is just a very dangerous counter puncher. That is all he is.

"He has no regard for defence, especially when he is throwing punches.

"His work-rate is not the highest level and he likes to fight at his own pace.

"He is constantly on the back foot, looking for the opportunity.

"I am not getting a win on points, that's the mindset I have. If this fight is close after 10 rounds, then I will be swinging for the lights.

"If we go that far, then I'll be trading with him, because I'm convinced that I can knock him out.

"If I hit Stevenson flush, he is going to sleep. I've crammed an awful lot into a short career. I have had to adjust and adapt in fights and it has been a good learning curve."

Beaten Bellew, who was narrowly beaten on points by Welshman Nathan Cleverly for the WBO belt in 2011, had some tough sparring sessions in New York before arriving in Quebec.

He said: "I went 12 rounds with opponents who were offered a thousand dollars if they could knock me out or put me down and they were trying their best.

"I am ready to turn this division on its head and I will not be denied."

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


 

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comment by badnewsbrown, on 11-30-2013
[QUOTE=southpaw_07]0:20 ....good luck Stevenson..take that punch... [/QUOTE] You know that feather-fisted Cleverly dropped this guy about 5 times lmao

comment by MrClutch85, on 11-30-2013
If Bellew rush in Stevenson will stop him early Bellew needs to pick his shots wait for openings to land power punches

comment by SthPaw, on 11-30-2013
Not too sure bellew will pull it off but hope he does

comment by Sparked_26, on 11-30-2013
[QUOTE=southpaw_07]Bellew in the amateurs..headgear and everything... 3:45 [/QUOTE] It is strange how he hasn't consistently shown power in his pro fights. I remember hearing about him as an amateur that he was a frightening puncher.

comment by Trudoe, on 11-30-2013
1. It all sounds good 2. Should have kept the details on a hush 3. 1 and 2 don't matter he's gunna get knocked out anyway

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