Cleverly vs Bellew: Fighting talk
Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew speak to iFilm London about their impending WBO light-heavyweight title contest on October 15. Challenger Tony Bellew explains why he doesn’t like the maths graduate and also why he doesn’t fancy the Welshman’s chances with ‘10,000 Scousers baying for his blood’. While champion Nathan Cleverly says he’s got to get Bellew out of the way so he can move on to bigger draws like veteran Bernard Hopkins.
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Cleverly vs Bellew confirmed
Frank Warren yesterday officially announced the long awaited showdown between WBO light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly and challenger Tony Bellew for October 15 at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.
The rivalry has been building up over the last couple of years and the pair almost fought in May at the O2 Arena when Cleverly was due to face then WBO champ Juergen Braehmer, but the German failed to arrive and Bellew stepped in at the last minute.
They clashed at a heated press conference and had to be separated by security staff. Ultimately Bellew was beaten by the scales and Cleverly instead faced Aleksy Kuziemski and stopped him in four rounds.
‘A fight between me and Bellew has been heating up for a long time and now he's ready to be taught a lesson,’ said Cleverly. ‘He's got a big mouth, but this time he's talked himself into big trouble that he won't be able to fight his way out of.
‘My blood boils when I think back to the press conference we had and he wanted to fight there and then. I'm happy that this time he's had time to prepare and his weight will be right and he'll have no excuses when he's knocked out cold by me.’
Liverpool man Bellew, on the other hand, offered a different opinion of the fiery press conference the pair shared back in May, claiming his actions had ‘rattled’ Cleverly and got in his head.
‘Cleverley has never knocked anybody out in his life and he's dreaming if he thinks he going to do it to me,’ stormed Bellew. ‘I'll be fit and ready on the night and it's the worst scenario that he could have ever wished for; I'll give him nightmares.
‘I rattled him at the last press conference, he'll deny it, but he was physically shaking and it's still playing on his mind now. He can't beat me mentally or physically and he knows that. He may have a touch more speed, but I have plans to counter that.
‘Come October 15, Cleverly is in for a nasty nasty shock; he'll be in a hostile place with a hostile atmosphere that he's never experienced. Full credit to him for facing me, but this will be one of the shortest reigns by a world champion.’
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