Hearn: Bellew-Chilemba in Line For WBC Shot in The Fall

As previously reported on, Tony Bellew's rematch with Isaac Chilemba has been added to the undercard of Carl Froch's super-middleweight unification clash with Mikkel Kessler at the O2 Arena on May 25.

Bellew and Chilemba fought out a lifeless draw in Liverpool on March 30 in their final eliminator for a shot at the WBC light-heavyweight title with both claiming they should have been given the verdict.

Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn insists the successful fighter will still be in line to meet Chad Dawson if the American successfully defends his WBC belt against Adonis Stevenson on June 8.

"The winner of the fight was to become the mandatory challenger to Dawson, but it was a draw so there was no mandatory challenger. We need to find one," Hearn told Sky Sports News.

"Both men were reasonably poor on the night so they need to get it off their backs. They're doing it in double-quick time."

"Bellew or Chilemba will fight the winner of Dawson's next fight, probably in September, but both men have to put in a much better performance this time.

"That's why they're fighting again so quickly - it's nine weeks from fight to fight. Tony is desperate to put on a much better show."

The judges scored the first meeting between them 116-112 Chilemba, 116-115 Bellew and 114-114, but Bellew felt he had done enough to beat the Malawian-born Chilemba.

"I thought I won nine out of the 12 rounds and even Chilemba's trainer, Buddy McGirt, one of the most respected men in boxing, told me he thought I won," Bellew said after the fight.

"I've got a lot of time for Chilemba. He's a good fighter and a tough man, but I won the fight."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by G22 on 04-09-2013

Chilembas "im not coming back to Britain" stance didnt last long did it. Hope he gets to work abit sooner in this fight. Bellew has got to be less lazy this time round but that goes against all his natural…

Comment by chump123 on 04-09-2013

[QUOTE=dan_cov;13225861]I had Chilemba edging the first and have him winning more convincingly this time around.[/QUOTE] I would like to propose a bet!!!!! I bet you all your points for all my points that "mayweather will not lose to guerrero by…

Comment by dan_cov on 04-09-2013

I had Chilemba edging the first and have him winning more convincingly this time around.

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