12th October 2011
Tony Bellew is extremely confident going into this weekends fight against Nathan Cleverly and believes that the thousands of Scousers cheering him on at the Echo Arena in his home City of Liverpool, will be the extra boost he needs to rip the WBO light-heavyweight title from the Welsh Champion.
Bomber Bellew held his media workout on Tuesday at his gym The Rotunda A.B.C – ahead of the big world title match-up between the pugilists, that have no love lost between them and it is a fight that has got the British fans divided on who will pull off the biggest and most testing win of their careers.
Come Saturday night, I will look at him, tell him I am going to smash his face in and then go and do it.” – Tony ‘Bomber’ Bellew
Cleverly recently said he would quit the fight game if he were to lose his WBO light-heavyweight title to rival Bellew. But he went on to express confidence that scenario would not unfold, but Bellew views matters differently and says Cleverly will have to fall back on his maths degree to earn a living in the future, even offering the Caerphilly maths graduate a job after the fight!
“Come Saturday night, I will look at him, tell him I am going to smash his face in and then go and do it.” Bellew told the press in attendance.
“He is going to be retired on Sunday and after the fight I will shake his hand. I will ask him if he wants to put his maths to use and become my accountant.”
|Tony Bellew has his eyes firmly set on Nathan Cleverlys world title
The bad blood between the pair as simmered for a while and came to ahead when Bellew was drafted in at late notice to challenge Cleverly in May, after Jurgen Brahmer pulled out of the schedule fight.
I will expose what he is bad at and I will prove what he is good at is not better than what I am good at.” – Tony ‘Bomber’ Bellew
At the press conference to announce the O2 Arena show both took part in a slanging match that eventually boiled over and the two light-heavyweights had to be physically separated when they jumped from their seats offering each other outside on the cobbles in no uncertain terms!.
But no such fight ever took place in or outside the ring, when Bellew with just 24 hours notice could not make the required weight and the fight was eventually cancelled. Cleverly went on to fight and beat Aleksy Kuziemski instead to secure the world title, but the evident bad blood between him and Bellew made a future clash inevitable.
That infamous press conference UNCUT
British and Commonwealth champion Bellew has since beaten Ovill McKenzie for a second time to maintain an undefeated record which now stretches to 16 professional fights.
Cleverly, after 22 fights, is also unbeaten but Bellew does not rate him highly and is confident of victory in front of a raucous and partisan crowd at the Echo Arena.
Bellew, 27, added: “It will be absolutely nuts – 10,000 Scousers going absolutely crazy, and 10,000 Scousers who are going to see history made – a fighter who is going to win a world title in his 17th fight. I can’t wait for it to happen.
“I am in frightening shape. I have done over 100 rounds of sparring with world-class fighters and I am already on the weight. I don’t worry about Nathan Cleverly. I know what he does and what he is going to try to do. I will expose what he is bad at and I will prove what he is good at is not better than what I am good at.”
Cleverly v Bellew – Press Conference take 2 – Wales
More Press Conference trouble! There is No Love Lost!
For informnation and ticket advice on Saturdays WBO world light-heavyweight title fight between Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew visit www.frankwarren.tv
Nathan Cleverly interview and big fight report coming soon to www.britishboxers.co.uk
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