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Bellew Says 'No Pressure' - Vows To 'Smash' Chilemba

Tony Bellew will take refuge from the stresses and strains of family life by "smashing" Isaac Chilemba in Liverpool on Saturday.

The WBC light-heavyweight title contender faces respected Malawian Chilemba at the Echo Arena in a final eliminator in his home city.

Chilemba tried to pile the pressure on Bellew when the two men came face to face today, claiming his British opponent may struggle under the weight of expectation in front of thousands of supporters.

Bellew laughed off such talk, though, insisting he faces more pressure at home with his young family than he will in the ring.

"This isn't pressure, it's a pleasure," the 30-year-old said.

"Where's the pressure in fighting in front of thousands of Scousers? I've dreamed of nights like this for years since I was a kid and first got into boxing.

"Pressure for me is dealing with life on a day-to-day basis, raising three kids, schools, a new baby, people getting sick, bills. That is pressure.

"Smashing someone's face in is a pleasure, not a pressure. I love it. I love fighting. The most peaceful moments in my life are when I'm fighting in a ring, it's as simple as that.

"My life away from boxing is hectic and manic but when I'm in a ring it's peaceful. I love nothing more. So there's no pressure on me.

"They are all turning up to see me smash Isaac Chilemba and I'm going to do it. I'm going to go through whatever I have to go through to do it."

Bellew (19-1, 12KOs) added: "He can be as flash as he wants, he can be as fast as he wants, but at some point he's going to have to fight. He can't come to my city and expect to tap me and run away and expect to get a 12-round decision win.

"I'm going to smash away until there's nothing left to smash. It's as simple as that."

Chilemba (20-1-1, 9KOs), number three in the WBC rankings, said: "This is a big fight for us and I'm glad Bellew chose to take me on.

"I've got no problems coming to his home ground, I'm happy to be here and I like it in the UK.

"But with all those fans screaming for him and expecting him to win, the pressure is on him to produce against me. It's going to be a shock when he doesn't.

"I think I have the edge in all areas and whether it's by knockout or points, I'll do what has to be done to win."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TGD on 03-28-2013

[QUOTE=springfiels;13188139]Nahhh the guy is just obsessed with giving cliché sound bytes.. If he's not "doing this to feed my kids" he's "willing to die in the ring" and now fighting in the ring is apparently where he's most at peace..…

Comment by Ray* on 03-28-2013

Skysports seem to be pushing bellew a lot, good thing he too left frank warren when he did, He lost to cleverly but he has come on a lot and might even be more well-known than cleverly who is still…

Comment by springfiels on 03-28-2013

[QUOTE=ddangerous;13186285]Interesting quote: "The most peaceful moments in my life are when I'm fighting in a ring." That is almost sad. Guy must have had a rough upbringing.[/QUOTE] Nahhh the guy is just obsessed with giving cliché sound bytes.. If he's…

Comment by ddangerous on 03-27-2013

Interesting quote: "The most peaceful moments in my life are when I'm fighting in a ring." That is almost sad. Guy must have had a rough upbringing.

Comment by PEBBLES! on 03-27-2013

[QUOTE=springfiels;13186226]Even on the streets of Croxteth they're saying this kid aint cut out for the big time... I was in Bootle the other day and they think Chilemba will beat him.[/QUOTE] :lol1: Tony's a great guy, i've seen his fan-friendliness…

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