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Tony Bellew Says Chilemba Will Be Toughest Fight To Date

Tony Bellew is bracing himself for a long gruelling battle when he faces Isaac Chilemba on March 30.

Bellew hopes to land a fight against WBC champion Chad Dawson, but first he must get past Chilemba in their light-heavyweight clash at Echo Arena in Liverpool, live on Sky Sports.

The South African has suffered just one defeat and picked himself off the canvas twice in a courageous points win over Maxim Vlasov in 2011.

Bellew overcame two knockdowns in his first victory over Ovill McKenzie and believes he is facing someone with similar battling qualities.

He told the Liverpool Echo: "This is without doubt the toughest fight of my career. This guy is the most complete fighter I have faced, people have got to understand that.

"I've faced guys who are quicker than me, stronger than me and who might be better boxers than me. But I've out-hustled them.

"But this is the first time that I've faced a guy who is a good boxer, has good defence, has good speed, reasonable power and - one of the most important things - has proved he can come back after a knock down.

"I've not fought a guy who has taken a big punch and got back up. The only guy I knew that could do that in this division was me."

The Liverpudlian has 12 knockouts in his 19 wins but expects to dig deep for a victory in front of his hometown fans.

"I'm meeting someone who is very similar to me and this is the first time I've gone in with someone, thinking 'I ain't knocking this guy out'," he said.

"There is no easy way to beat this guy so I am going to have to go to the well because it is going to be a hard fight. It is going to be a nasty, hard, horrible fight but I'm prepared for that."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Tonyu on 03-22-2013

[QUOTE=ShovelThumb;13172452]you've obviously never been to liverpool :nonono:[/QUOTE] No but what I heard that night did not impress me so I think I will by pass this city - thanks.

Comment by ShovelThumb on 03-22-2013

[QUOTE=Tonyu;13172443]I hope the Liverpudlians will show a bit more class this time round - when Thompson fought Price there was no problem booing the fighter when walking to the ring and let him know his in hostile territory but when…

Comment by Tonyu on 03-22-2013

I hope the Liverpudlians will show a bit more class this time round - when Thompson fought Price there was no problem booing the fighter when walking to the ring and let him know his in hostile territory but when…

Comment by ddangerous on 03-22-2013

LOL at Liverpudlian

Comment by springfiels on 03-22-2013

LOL so Bellew gets floored against a domestic level fighter and that makes him the only guy at 175lbs who can get back up and win!? I like Bellew but he'll get badly exposed at world level, I wouldn't say…

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