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Bellew Rips Cleverly, Talks Dawson, Vows KO For Bolonti

Tony Bellew hopes to put himself in line for another world title shot with a crushing win over Roberto Bolonti on Saturday night.

The Liverpudlian came up short in a points defeat by WBO light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly last year, but victory over Bolonti would push him up the queue to face WBC king Chad Dawson.

Bellew is willing to face any of the divison's champions and is planning to send out a statement with a knockout victory on the undercard of the Carl Froch-Yusaf Mack fight.

"He's going to leave the arena in a world of pain, that's what I can tell you," Bellew told Sky Sports News HD.

"He is game, he is heavy handed, he's WBC No 5. He has got a lofty ranking and he's bringing that ranking over to this country with him, but I can promise one thing, it won't be going back with him.

"That ranking is coming with me and I'm really looking forward to doing Roberto Bolonti some damage on Saturday night.

"I'm in a vicious mood and I want to get the job done as fast as possible."

When asked about a future clash with Dawson, Bellew said: "Chad Dawson is a good fighter, he really is. He does what he does well. I'm coming off the Edison Miranda win, he's coming off the Andre Ward loss, a comprehensive loss.

"I fear no-one at light-heavyweight and I'm confident I can do the job that Andre Ward done."

Bellew was far from impressed with Cleverly's win over late replacement Shawn Hawk at the weekend and has urged the Welshman to stop fighting 'chumps'.

Discussing a possible rematch, he said: "It's not going to materialize when you are fighting guys like Shawn Hawk.

"I mean let's be totally honest here, I was offered Shawn Hawk, he was No 5 on the opponents we had for the fight and Roberto Bolonti was the highest possible ranked opponent I could have fought.

"It's a joke of a fight in my opinion and where are you going with fights like that? You are supposed to be a world champion.

"Fight someone who is going to make you a world class fighter because at the moment you are fighting chumps."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by D-MiZe on 11-15-2012

Bellew didn't cherrypick Cleverly, they were both with Warren and the promoter was just cashing in. Says something when BoxRec have Bellew ranked higher than Cleverly, the latter being a world champion with several defences already. "peeleft:

Comment by rampant on 11-15-2012

I Like Cleverly watched quite alot of his fights when he was on the way up, but he's gone down in my estimation a bit now...I actually prefer Bellew now, seems to want things more and is busier now he's…

Comment by SAJ10 on 11-15-2012

I find it a bit difficult to swallow anything coming from Bellew who predominately fights out of his hometown. At least Cleverly went in to Bellew's backyard for their World Title fight. Cleverly's also defended his World Title in America.…

Comment by Dirk Diggler UK on 11-14-2012

Didn't Bellew turn down the rematch with Cleverly?

Comment by IIG on 11-14-2012

[QUOTE=Andrew5550;12698257]Everything he said in that interview is 100% true. I like Cleverly - but he seriously needs to step up his game. No excuses. Plus, his comments on Tyson Fury were hilarious and also true.[/QUOTE] What did he say about…

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