Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Bellew targets Cleverly

Hot prospect Tony Bellew believes a future showdown against British and Commonwealth light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly would be a barnstormer. Bellew, a former triple ABA champion, is confident that if he and Cleverly remain unbeaten then a fight between them would be as big as the Nigel Benn-Chris Eubank epics. And the 26-year-old scouser reckons the Welshman won't be able to handle the power which has seen him halt six of his nine victims. "A fight between me and Nathan will be huge in a few years time if we both keep undefeated and building it up" said Bellew. "I would seriously love that fight and it would be real scrap just like the Benn-Eubank days. "I think he's a good fighter and he's got fast hands, but I reckon I'm more powerful and would hurt him every time I hit him. "I'm the naturally bigger man and I'll negate any advantages that he has. "He did a great job on Danny McIntosh and I was pleased to see him with the British title, but that belt will be around my waist soon. "Whether it's Nathan I have to face for it or someone else I don't care, I will become British champion. "People haven't seen 50% of my potential yet, and I can't wait to show everyone what I've got. Cleverly, 22, has won his last four championship fights by stoppage, and is being touted as the best fighter to have come out of Wales since the great Joe Calzaghe. But Bellew says his greater amateur experience could help him to victory. "I won the ABA heavyweight title three times as an amateur, so fighting at light-heavyweight is a bonus because no one can hurt me," said The Bomber. "I've sparred bigger guys throughout my career, including David Haye and David Price, so Cleverly is really going to have to whack if he wants to put a dent in me. "Last time I gave away a couple of stone to Matthew Ellis and I knocked him out so I know I have the power to knock-out anyone."

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