Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Bellew: I'm Willing To Die To Beat Nathan Cleverly!

By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star

WORLD title challenger Tony Bellew is convinced that the bookmakers have got it wrong for once.

Bellew is aiming to relieve Nathan Cleverly of his WBO world light- heavyweight title at Liverpool’s Echo Arena tonight.

But the Scouser is a massive underdog at odds of 7-2, while Welshman Cleverly is a short 1-5 on chance to win this grudge match.

Bellew said: “Every once in a blue moon the bookies drop a b*****k – and this is the biggest one they have dropped in a long time.”

There is no love lost between the two unbeaten fighters, who almost fought in May when Bellew was a last-minute replacement for German Juergen Braehmer.

They clashed at a heated press conference and had to be separated by security staff, but Bellew then missed the fight after failing to make the weight. Bellew, 28, is undefeated in 16 fights with nine KOs.

He won the British title in his last fight against Ovill McKenzie to add to his Commonwealth title.

Cleverly, 24, has a 22-fight unbeaten record with 10 knockouts and formerly held the British and Com- monwealth light-heavyweight titles.

Bellew added: “I will go through brick walls or whatever it takes to win this fight. I am willing to die.

“The bottom line is that I want to smash his face in and he wants to smash my face in. This is real and we’re both going in there to win.”

Not surprising, Cleverly begs to differ, saying: “I have got a title that I never want to let go of, so there is obviously going to be a rivalry.

“It is great to have this intensity around the fight. Having 10,000 Scousers against me is not a verything else is a nonentity.

“It won’t be an issue because I will be in the zone and focusing on defending my title successfully.”

The reward for the winner could be a huge fight against Bernard Hop- kins, 46, who defends his WBC world title against Chad Dawson tonight.

PREDICTION: The fight is much closer than the bookies make it and I am taking Bellew to spring a surprise inside the distance.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Perfect Plex on 10-15-2011

Fernando Vargas & BJ Penn said the same thing for there fights De La Hoya & GSP and they were both stopped.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Kudryashov-Durodola Rematch - WBC Final Eliminator, May 20 Juan Manuel Marquez Files Lawsuit Over Fraud, 2.3 Million Stolen Luis Ortiz: After My April Fight - I Want Wilder, Joshua or Parker! Srisaket Sor Rungvisai Receives Hero's Welcome at Home Arum Tired of Waiting, Gives Pacquiao Deadline To Decide on Horn Sullivan Barrera: Parker Fight is Another Step To a World Title Luis Ortiz vs. Derric Rossy Possible For Berto-Porter Card Froch: We May See The 'Best and Last' of Klitschko With Joshua Photos: Alberto Machado, Juan Jose Martinez - Go Face To Face Mayweather Gets Partial Win Over Ms. Jackson in Court Ruling Fonfara: Training With Virgil Hunter Will Make Me a Better Fighter Francisco Vargas Might Not Return to Ring Until Sometime in 2018 Samuel Clarkson: I'm Ready To Go To War With Dmitry Bivol! Josh Kelly will face Jay Byrne in Pro Debut on Burns-Indongo Luis Ortiz Inks Pact With Al Haymon Frank Warren Hits Golovkin With Deadline To Ink Saunders Deal Canelo vs. Chavez - Movie Theater Information Photos: Marco Huck, Mairis Briedis - Face To Face at Final Presser Joe Cordina To Make Pro Debut on Murray-Rosado Card, April 22 Roach Hopes Cotto Still Gets in Two Fights Before Retirement Mikey Garcia: If I Go Up To 140, I'd Be Interested in Crawford Fight Roach: 'I Would Love' to Have Pacquiao Fight Keith Thurman Roach: I've Changed My Mind, Golovkin CAN'T Beat Andre Ward! Anthony Joshua Reflects on His Roots, Connection To Nigeria Juanma Continues To Motivate as Clash With Entrenadorcito Nears Liam Smith Vows To Use Williams To Make Statement To Critics Video: Freddie Roach on Pacquiao, Cotto, Golovkin, More Amir Khan Not Ruling Out Conor McGregor Fight in UFC or Boxing Kennedy Katende Ready To Do Damage in Sundsvall, Sweden Abel Sanchez: Ward Will Beat Kovalev, It Won't Be Controversial Errol Spence: 30,000 Fans Rooting For Kell Brook Won't Faze Me Video: Robert Garcia on Mikey, Golovkin-Jacobs, More Marco Huck vs. Mairis Briedis: Torch Songs Video: Abner Mares Discusses His Career, Future Options Golovkin's Coach Reacts To De La Hoya's Position on June Fight Video: Richard Schaefer on Future of Ringstar Prospects, More Leduan Barthelemy Drops, Stops Reynaldo Blanco in Nine Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Jayson Velez in Play For May 5, Las Vegas Robert Garcia Fears That Age Has Finally Caught Up With Golovkin Golden Boy Prez on Linares' Future, Garcia/Lomachenko Fights
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement