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