Tony
Bellew
lashed out at Danny McIntosh in Wednesday’s (April 25) press
conference after McIntosh failed to make it to Liverpool.

McIntosh
cited travel problems as the reason for not getting to the Hilton
Hotel in Bellew’s backyard, where the British light heavyweight
champion defends his belt against the Norwich man on Friday at the
Echo Arena live on Sky Sports.

Bellew
replaced ‘Big Mac’ with the fast food sandwich that he takes his
nickname from, and although the champ shared a laugh with the
assembled media, he soon let rip at the former European champ for not
showing his face.

It
is total disrespect from Danny to the press, Sky Sports and to me –
it’s pathetic really,” said Bellew. “I know what he’s trying
to do and there’s no point trying to play mind games with me.

I
don’t eat Big Macs but I’ll make an exception on Friday night –
he’s getting chewed up and spat out. The problem is that he’s
only coming for the cheque, he might walk off with a good payday but
he’ll have a big defeat and a bust up face to show for his night.

It’s
great being back on Sky Sports, it’s a dream. There are great
fighters out there that are dying because they don’t have a profile
and when you are on Sky Sports, that’s what you get, and you need
that to fight for the big titles and money, which is where I think I
should be.”

Bellew
returns to action for the first time since his tight and spirited
World title challenge to Nathan Cleverly in October at the same
venue. Many pundits gave the decision to the Liverpudlian, but it was
Cleverly that held on to the title through majority decision. Bellew
was far from impressed when Cleverly defended his title against
little known American Tommy Karpency, and is angry that despite
emerging from the fight with great credit, he has not been back in
the ring until now.

I’m
coming off the back of my best performance and I feel that I have
been punished for fighting so well,” said Bellew. “I’ve been
left of the shelf for way too long and I’ll take it out on Danny on
Friday.

Cleverly
is the weakest World champion, there’s no doubt in my mind about
that. But he doesn’t want it, so let’s move on and look at better
fighters. The fact is that he is not fighting the right fighters –
if I was fighting carpet fitters and plumbers I wouldn’t be happy
and there’s something wrong there. Danny is a bigger threat than
Tommy Karpency, a guy who went back to his corner and wanted out
after the third round – that’s not right. But there’s more out
there than Nathan for me, I will fight anyone and I guarantee
excitement, bums on seats and TV viewers.”

Before
Bellew can take the next step in his career he needs to deal with
McIntosh, with Tony believing that the Dominic Ingle trained 32 year
old does not put in the same effort to prepare for fights as he does.

Danny
doesn’t do things right outside the ring and I know that because
it’s my business to know what he does outside the ring,” said
Bellew. “He’ll be in hot baths in Sheffield to make the weight
and I’m bang on it now. But he’s a dangerous fighter and he’s a
bigger puncher than Cleverly so I’m not taking this lightly
whatsoever – I’m just supremely confident that I have far too
much for him or any other domestic light heavyweight.

I’m
beyond that level now but on Friday the talking stops and I have to
put something special on for the fans and viewers because I’ve been
out for too long. There’s no use me just getting by him on points
or something, I need to look explosive and devastating – and that’s
the plan.”

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