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Tony Bellew – by Al Stevenson

British light-heavyweight champion Tony Bellew is determined to come back with something different in his rematch with Isaac Chilemba on the Carl Froch-Mikkel Kessler II show at London’s 02 Arena on May 25.

Bellew and Chilemba fought to a draw in their first meeting at Liverpool’s Echo Arena last month, but the ‘Bomber’ has vowed to produce an explosive display in to their scrappy first encounter which never got going and failed to live up to the pre fight expectations.

With a world title shot being on the line against WBC champion Chad Dawson for the victor, there is no room for anything less than a win for the Liverpool boxer. Bellew is refusing this time to make any bold predictions pre fight, but says he will do whatever it takes to get past the Malawian this time around.

I have got to get on with it and get the job done this time, Eddie has given me the opportunity to put things right and I have got to make the most of it.” Bellew told the Liverpool Echo.

“I’m not going to profess that the fight is going to be great because I don’t know if it will be. The first fight should’ve been but it didn’t work out like that.

“You do everything to avoid being beaten and dodge for six rounds, as he did, but like in the second Ovill McKenzie fight, I will come back with something different.

“My real interest is becoming world champion,” added Bellew. “We could’ve sat on this number one ranking and become the mandatory challenger after the Dawson-Stevenson fight.

“I would have automatically been made mandatory challenger but I wanted to do something about it. I don’t want to circle away from challenges.

“I will never predict I’m going to be in great fights ever again. People have been giving me stick because of what I said before the fight but I can take it with the best of them.”