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Coldwell Expects Fireworks in Bellew vs McIntosh Clash

Coldwell Boxing have won the purse bids for Tony Bellew's light-heavyweight clash with Danny McIntosh.

Promoter Dave Coldwell hopes to stage the light-heavyweight in Bellew's home city of Liverpool, with a date still to be confirmed.

"I've known Tony Bellew since he first started his professional journey, and it is an honour to work with him on this particular fight," said Coldwell.

"He's very popular in his home city of Liverpool and, above all else, he's an easy going and personable guy. Tony knows how to promote a fight and he's hungry to reach the top."

British and Commonwealth champion Bellew, 29, is 16-1 as a professional and has halted 10 of his beaten foes within the scheduled distance.

Last October, he made an unsuccessful attempt at snatching Nathan Cleverly's WBO world light-heavyweight crown as he lost on points.

Challenger McIntosh, meanwhile, is a loose and languid boxer with a number of standout championship wins to his name.

Born in Norwich, McIntosh, 13-2 (7 KO), turned professional in April 2005, eventually winning an English light-heavyweight title in just his eighth bout.

Quickly earmarked as one to watch, McIntosh scored back-to-back stoppage wins over respected domestic operators Steve Spartacus, Rod Anderton and Matthew Barney, before losing a spirited effort against Cleverly for the British and Commonwealth titles in July 2009.

Stopped in seven rounds, the loss marked McIntosh's first as a pro.

McIntosh responded strongly to the setback, halting veteran swarmer Tony Oakey inside two rounds in his very next fight.

He then went one better in January 2011, knocking out home favourite Thierry Karl in the 11th round of a championship clash in France to take the European light-heavyweight title.

The 31-year-old's reign as EBU champion would, ultimately, be short-lived as he lost the title to Eduard Gutknecht in his next bout.

"Danny McIntosh is also a great kid, and someone who knows how to promote himself," added Coldwell.

"He is a big personality with a big punch and, combined with Tony Bellew, I really couldn't ask for a better couple of headliners. These two were made for the big stage."

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