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Bellew Slams Nathan Cleverly For Avoiding Their Rematch

By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star

TONY BELLEW has slammed Nathan Cleverly for refusing him a rematch.

The Scouse scrapper ends a six-month exile when he defends his British light-heavyweight title against Norwich’s Danny McIntosh at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Friday.

But Bellew, 29, would have preferred to face Cleverly in a rematch after their thrilling WBO world title fight last October.

The Everton fan lost a close points decision to unbeaten Welshman Cleverly with one judge even scoring it a draw.

Cleverly, 25, has since out-pointed American Tommy Karpency but last week pulled out of facing Kosovan Robin Krasniqi, after becoming ill with a virus.

Bellew said: “I feel like I’ve come off the best performance of my career but I’ve been left to rot. I was supposed to fight in January but it didn’t happen.

“I would have gone to Cardiff to fight Cleverly again and that would not have been a problem for me – but he doesn’t want to know.

“He’s taking easier options. It was a close, hard fight. I gave him my word I would give him a rematch because I didn’t want to just scrape by him. Cleverly doesn’t want anything to do with me but people want to see that fight.”

Meanwhile, ‘Bomber’ Bellew is wary of the threat of McIntosh, 32.

He said: “I want to fight guys with credentials and Danny McIntosh has credentials because he is a former European champion.

“Danny’s a good opponent in my comeback fight and he is better than Cleverly’s last ­opponent and the one he was meant to fight next.

“It’s a fight I have to be careful with because Danny has achieved more than I have so far in my career. This fight could be fast and explosive. It could be over in the second or sixth round – but it will be early.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SAJ10 on 04-22-2012

Agreed Jed - Cleverly can't go from the level he's at to Hopkins, it's crazy. Sumenov, Cloud - they're winnable fights and comfortably if Cleverly boxes uses a jab and reach. Get the mandatory out the way after that -…

Comment by JED46 on 04-22-2012

First his mandatory, and then Shumenov. That would make a lot of sense. I would love to see Cleverly-Shumenov. Erdei or Diaconu would be great, too. That's the level he should be fighting at now. Warren said that it wouldn't…

Comment by SAJ10 on 04-22-2012

It was a close fight - had Cleverly winning by two. At the end of the day, he didn't have to give Bellew a chance but he did and he did in his hometown. Bellew had a chance to win…

Comment by Telboy1990 on 04-22-2012

Can understand where bellew is coming from because nathan is fighting people who dont deserve to win a world title but he had his chance to beat nathan and after claiming he was going to put him to sleep he…

Comment by yoz on 04-22-2012

Wouldn't be surprised if Warren made this. Would mean Clev could avoid any real contender/challenge.

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