‘The Bomber’ scored another career knockout over Jindrich Velecky, the supposedly heavy handed Hungarian, when referee Phil Edwards stopped the fight at 1 minute 28 seconds of the first round.
The win improves Bellew’s professional record to 11-0 (7) and helps to fuel case for a showdown with Welshman Cleverly in 2010.
Asked what Cleverly will have made of the fight, Tony Bellew said: “If I see someone blow the other guy away who has had 16 wins and 15 of them by KO, I would be thinking ‘what is going on’, I just blasted him. World champions didn’t do what I have done – I am a smashing machine, I’m going to smash you and I will just punch and punch and punch. If Cleverly is watching tonight then all I will say is beware, because when I get my hands on you, you will be champion no longer. I am going to rip that belt from you and do a number on him like no-one has ever done before.”