By Graham Chase, courtesy of The Daily Star
TONY BELLEW hates Nathan Cleverly so much that he admits he had to hold back from starting their big fight at yesterday's press conference.
The two British cruiserweights are set for a rematch in Liverpool on November 22 - three years after Welshman Cleverly beat Scouser Bellew at light heavyweight.
Cleverly won that scrap on points and Bellew was furious with comments made at ringside afterwards.
The Liverpool puncher reckons the bad blood between the pair makes it an even tastier rivalry than Carl Froch's super-middleweight needle with George Groves.
Bellew, 31, insists he is better suited as a cruiser and has warned that Cleverly will never want to step in the ring again after going toe to toe with him for a second time.
Bellew said: "From my perspective it's well beyond Froch and Groves.
"If I was to see him away from cameras and microphones, I can't condone what I'd do.
"The only thing that's stopping me is the security and the media. If I bumped into him in the street you'd have a rematch right there and then.
"After this fight he's not going to want to face anyone ever again. I want to torture him. The last thing I want to do is nail him with a big shot and the ref waves it off.
"I want to do him slowly and painfully and I know I can do that with my ability.
"I looked at the press conference after the first fight and the word disgust doesn't come into it. As a boxer and a man, he's an absolute scumbag.
"In the ring he told me it was the hardest fight he'd had - but afterwards he told people it was an easy fight, that he didn't get out of second gear and fought with two broken ribs.
"He's a liar and a fraud. In the last six months not a single hour passes in the day when he doesn't come into my mind."
Cleverly, 27, claims he has now got to grips with fighting at a heavier weight and is determined to shut Bellew up forever.
The Welshman lost his WBO light heavyweight title to Russian Sergey Kovalev last year but has won both fights since making the step up to cruiser.
The 24-year-old said: "Silencing him is what's driving me. He's opened his mouth a lot now, he's talked the talk and mouthed off and he needs to be silenced.
"He's disrespected me and I just want to put this story to sleep, end it and silence him once and for all.
"I'm just looking forward to repeating what I've already done, winning this fight and winning emphatically.
"I'll break Tony Bellew and get a stoppage victory.
"He made cruiserweight a lot quicker than I did because he was a fat heavyweight when he was an amateur. I'm an athlete at cruiserweight."