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Bellew: I Will Smash Cleverly, Hurt Him, Retire Him!

By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star

TONY BELLEW will not be happy until he ends Nathan Cleverly's ring career.

The Liverpudlian will make his second appearance at cruiserweight against Julio Cesar Dos Santos on July 12.

Cleverly, 27, is on the same bill in Liverpool against Alejandro Valori and if they both come through their bouts they will meet again in November.

Welshman Cleverly, a former world champion, won their first meeting at light-heavyweight on points.

But Bellew, 31, has promised a different ending this time and said: "I still don't think he wants the fight but when it happens, I will retire him - it is as simple as that.

"I won't be happy until I retire him, I want to hurt him and I want to finish him. I think I will do that.

"At cruiserweight I won't be dying after six rounds, my power won't fall apart, I won't break my hand in the second round.

"I will smash him, I'll stop him and it is simple as that. I won't feel that I've won unless I retire him."

The pair met on Merseyside yesterday but there were no fireworks at the press conference despite previous spats between the two.

Cleverly said: "This is the calm before the storm, it will be different before we fight. There will be fireworks when we meet and I will stop him."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by paulf on 06-12-2014

Bellew is cool, but I expect him to lose against Cleverly the same as last time.

Comment by Paddy Mashdown on 06-12-2014

Let's be honest here though, Bellew is far more entertaining than Cleverly both in and out the ring. War Tony!

Comment by SirTomJones on 06-12-2014

Man I hate Bellend.

Comment by springfiels on 06-12-2014

[QUOTE=kafkod;14654297]I think Bellew is trying to get that Froch/Groves vibe going between him and Cleverley. Nothing puts bums on seats like a genuine grudge match.[/QUOTE] Spot on. I thought the same when I see Cleverly promising "fireworks" when it comes…

Comment by kafkod on 06-11-2014

[QUOTE=#1Assassin;14653480]these dudes sound like they are having a lovers quarrel more and more every day. so they gonna smash til it hurts and then retire? whats next? open up a b&b together on the welsh countryside.[/QUOTE] I think Bellew is…

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