Liverpools Light Heavyweight knockout king Tony Bellew has made a challenge to British and Commonwealth champion Nathan Cleverly.

‘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.

Promoter Frank Warren says the two are on course for the mouthwatering clash which he believes will rekindle the classic fight nights of Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank.

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.”

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