Advertisement
Advertisement

Tony Bellew: I Just want To Take Cleverly's Head Off

By Shaun Brown

It’s just one more obstacle before Tony Bellew 21-2-1 (13 KOs) finally gets the fight he’s desperately wanted since 15 Oct 2011 when Nathan Cleverly defeated him on points to successfully defend his WBO light heavyweight title in front of the challenger’s home support.

Almost three years on and both men now find themselves at cruiserweight after painful losses at 175lbs to Adonis Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev respectively. This Saturday night at Liverpool’s Echo Arena, the venue where Bellew lost to Cleverly, the two British rivals have their second outing at their new weight. The 26-2 (23 KOs) Julio Cesar Dos Santos is one of the men tasked with making sure the long awaited rematch never happens when he takes on Bellew for the WBO International Cruiserweight title.

As ever, Bellew was in a confident and lively mood when ‘Scene caught up with him a few days ago.

“If he’s not in my league then I feel sorry for him because he’ll get absolutely punished and punished heavily,” he said of his Brazilian opponent.

“I know he’s tough, I know he’s basic, I know he’s strong, never been stopped and takes a hell of a shot which I’ve seen on a number of occasions. He just looks pretty basic and solid, doesn’t do anything outstanding. He looks reasonably heavy handed but let’s see how he looks when my hands hit him.”

Bellew gave credit to new coach, Dave Coldwell for increasing his punching power during this camp and for most of the last one before he fought Valery Brudov in March, after splitting with long-time trainer, Mick McAllister.

“I just kept it to myself,” said Bellew after his association with McCallister ended. “My business and my goings-on. I don’t like putting my laundry out for everyone to see. I just get on with things.

“I’ve had a fantastic grounding, I’m a Rotunda ABC (Bellew’s old amateur club) boy through and through and I’ll be forever indebted to them and the shape that they got me in. Dave has had made adjustments, Dave has put his stamp on me and its working, it really is.”

Coldwell told Boxing Scene late last month that he we was focusing on ‘intellectual bombing’ with Bellew. He wanted his Liverpudlian charge to return to being confident when using his power shots, how to set them up, what to throw and in what direction.

“I just like to say he’s told me how to hit people a bit harder,” Bellew joked.
Then with seriousness, ‘Bomber’ said: “Technique is everything to Dave and using the right technique in your punching is everything to him. I’ve implemented that into my game and I’ll say this, I’m a lot more patient these days in the way I set things up. I’m not as eager to give people a smack on the chops as I was in the past. I’ve always thought if I can hit them in any way even if the technique isn’t there I can get them out of there. But nowadays I do set up things up. I’m patient, my defence has improved. I’ve got a lot of things to thank Dave for.”

Patience will be vital for Bellew in the build-up to his rematch with Cleverly, which looks like taking place sometime in the autumn. And should both come through their bouts on Sat night then the fans, the TV, the pundits and their promoters, Matchroom, will turn their attentions to a good old-fashioned British grudge match.

“He [Cleverly] doesn’t interest me till Saturday’s over and then my full attention will go to him and he’ll know that as well.

“It’s going to happen, it’s got to happen. He wants money and there’s no-one else besides me for him. I’m not bothered about the money I just want to take his head off because I can’t stand him. It’s gonna happen 100%. I’ll come through Saturday, I can absolutely guarantee that. I’m not too sure about him, I hope he does. I’ll be praying he does.”

Shaun Brown is the UK Editor at Boxing Scene and a contributor to Boxing Monthly. He can be contacted at [email protected] with any news, views or stories you may have.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Porter Plots Fall Return, Wants Immediate Thurman Rematch Hearn: Amir Khan Will NEVER Be The Same, NEVER Face Brook Whyte: Don't Be Shocked if Shannon Briggs Drills David Haye Wilder vs. Joshua Will Be Built Up as SHO PPV, Says Hearn Danny Garcia Hits Back at Keith Thurman With Sneaky Reply Haskins vs. Hall is Likely For Brook-Vargas or Golovkin-Eubank Koncz: If Pacquiao Returns, Crawford Not a Thought - Never Was! Mikey Garcia Names Terry Flanagan as Potential Target at 135 Froch Thinks Golovkin Will Struggle With Ramirez, 168 Power Arum: Manny Pacquiao Wants To Fight Again, Not Sure He Can Yet Klitschko Manager Wants Full Investigation on Fury Doping Claim Roman Gonzalez, Carlos Cuadras Trade Heated Words Oscar Valdez Ready For The Danger of Hard Punching Rueda Ryan Martin To Make Ring Return on Wilder vs. Arreola Card Povetkin Holds Meeting With WBC: Awaits Decision on Wilder Golovkin, Eubank Jr. Should Sign By This Weekend, Says Hearn SHO's Espinoza: Canelo-GGG in "Fall 2017" Was To Stop Bleeding Photos: Mario Barrios Putting in Work For World Title Eliminator Roman Gonzalez Focused on Cuadras Next, For The Right Price Parker's Promoter: Anthony Joshua Will Eat The Jab All Night! Cecilia Braekhus Returns, Tops First Card in Norway Since 1980 Manuel Avila Continues Unbeaten Run at Cache Creek Casino Smith's Trainer: We Can Beat Canelo, But Will The Judges Agree? News: Boxeo Telemundo Update; Skeete-Lepelley; Jay Harris Thurman Might Make Mandatory Defense Against Avanesyan Next Jonathan Guzman Ready For Wake Title Shot Rabchenko Handed IBF Eliminator On Santa Cruz-Frampton Card Hurd Wants Foes Like Bundrage, Ishe Smith For Upcoming Fights DiBella: Wilder vs. Joshua is Inevitable in Future, But Not Now Canelo Alvarez vs. Liam Smith is NOT a Bad Fight, Explains Hearn Haye: Bellew Fight Must Be at Heavyweight, He Must Add Weight Anthony Mundine Back in Talks For Danny Green Rematch Knockout CP Freshmart Decisions Rojas In A Stinker Ganigan Lopez vs. Jonathan Taconing Will Be a War, Says WBC Joseph Parker Ready To Take November Date For Anthony Joshua Amir Imam, Guillermo Jones Return on Pittsburgh Card Arum: After Ramirez Beats Golovkin, He Will Be a Big PPV Star! Keith Thurman vs. Danny Garcia: The Fight, Right Now Photos: Mayweather Takes Part in BET Celebrity Basketball Game Ramirez's Adviser: Golovkin One-Dimensional, He's No '85 Bears!
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement