Cleverly: Tony Bellew is Too Fat, Too Slow To Beat Me!

Nathan Cleverly admits Tony Bellew has greater punching power, but insists his speed will be crucial in next month’s rematch.

The Welshman is preparing for his cruiserweight showdown with Bellew at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on November 22, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

There has been a heated war of words in the build-up to the fight, with the Liverpudlian vowing to halt his rival in the return bout after losing on points against the Cefn Forest man in 2011.

Both boxers have racked up 14 stoppage wins, but Bellew, a former amateur heavyweight, is the naturally bigger man.

Cleverly concedes that his opponent is the more dangerous puncher, but plans to display his superior speed, fitness and ring skills when they resume hostilities.

“I will win this fight because overall I’m a much better athlete than Tony Bellew,” he told Sky Sports.

“As I’ve said, he’s too fat and too slow. Speed kills and that’s going to be the difference on fight night.

“I would say - being honest - Bellew has the edge in power.

“He’s naturally the bigger puncher, but that’s his only asset that’s better than mine.

“My assets – I’m faster than this guy, fitter than this guy, I’ve got more punch variation than this guy and overall I’ve have too many tools for this guy.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by D-MiZe on 10-30-2014

Bellew looks much better at cruiser-weight than he ever did as a light-heavy, the problem is though that the gap between LHW and CW is a big one. He regularly came in at 175 looking anaemic and fought at heavyweight…

Comment by knockoutkid on 10-30-2014

this kid needs a decent coach cause he should be beating bellew but whats his chin like, kovalev is the only puncher he's fought, he's a product of warren padding his resume out.

Comment by Rocksinthehead on 10-30-2014

Cleverly and Bellew are class C fighters who Kovalev and Stevenson both showed via violent KO do not belong in boxing. Cleverly looks like a scarecrow and bellew has a toothpick neck. both skinny and frail and not very good.

Comment by IronDanHamza on 10-30-2014

It's true. He doesn't look in shape at all.

Comment by Boxsingh on 10-30-2014

I thought Cleverly played football for Man Utd. Good luck with the boxing career :)

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