13th October 2011
WBO light-heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly and challenger Tony Bellew came face to face for the last time today before tomorrow’s pre fight weigh-in, when a final press conference was held at the Urban Contemporary
Centre in Liverpool, ahead of their big world title showdown on Saturday night at the City’s
This fight promises to be a top class clash and with two British boxers contesting a world title we should all be in for a treat, with many pundits still stuck over the outcome. A fight like this would have attracted plenty of main stream press in the past, but these days because boxing doesn’t seem to be a flavour of the month, it doesn’t take anything away from this match-up.
|Nathan Cleverly, Francis Warren and Tony Bellew at Liverpool Presser on Thursday|
Previous pre fight pressers between the two rivals have gone off royal in terms of cursing, stand offs and arguments between the two fighters and their respected camps, but the talking, heckling and pre-fight hype are almost over and this meeting although still deadlocked in words and bragging rights, went off without incident.
The only pressure on me is the pressure I put on myself, I’m expected to lose make no mistake about it.” – Tony Bellew.
Welshman Cleverly unbeaten in 22 fights, 11 wins coming inside schedule, has spent the last two weeks of his training camp based in London at David Hayes ‘Hayemaker Gym’ – sparring with George Groves and Chris Eubank Jnr, amongst others, away from home comforts and keeping his training fresh.
Cleverly will need to be on top form to reclaim his title against the confident Liverpool challenger, but takes full credit for going into the proverbial ‘Lions Den’ and will have the roar of 10,000 plus Scousers to contend with as well as Bellew’s ferocious power.
Eight weeks preparation will not be enough to beat me, you need years of training to beat me. I’m punching fit and I can punch all night. I punch hard and I’m relentless and he wont be able to keep up with me.” – Nathan Cleverly.
British and Commonwealth champion Bellew, unbeaten in 16 fights, with 10 wins coming by way of knockout, is a throwback, straight talking character, who sees this as his big chance to fulfill his ambition of claiming a world crown.
He is extremely confident in his abilities and believes being the underdog with the bookies, takes the pressure off him, with all that on Cleverly broad shoulders.
See the full press conference above on the video filmed by British Boxers friends ifilmlondon.com
By Chris maylett