Likeable Liverpudlian Tony Bellew aims to finally realise his dream at the second time of asking on Saturday night two years on from his devastating loss to Nathan Cleverly at his beloved Echo Arena.
The 30 year-old, who went down via a debatable majority decision to the Welshman in his hometown, now faces the daunting task of taking on big-punching Adonis Stevenson in his own backyard at the Colisee de Quebec in Canada.
According the oddsmakers, Bellew is a snow-white 4/1 underdog and has little chance of dethroning the fearsome WBC title holder in what will be Stevenson’s second defence of the belt.
The champion, who goes by the nickname ‘Superman,’ is seen as one of the most improved 175lbers of the last eighteen months after his amazing first round demolition jobs on Chad Dawson and Tavoris Cloud this year.
Now looking at Bellews odds, the bookies may well be making a slight mistake as Stevenson’s record pre-Dawson was nothing to write home about and the victories may not be as eye-catching as at first glance on paper.
Dawson went into the fight on the back of a demoralising switch to super-middleweight where he was weight-drained and found wanting against Andre Ward, with the weight move certainly not being of any help to the American.
A seven-round pummelling of Cloud then followed, although the former IBF title holder too was heading into the clash on the back of a loss, the third in a row which such a record that Stevenson had faced.
Bellew is definitely a threat to Stevenson and comes into the fight fresh and on a winning run, but granted that he will face a cauldron in Quebec and it may well come down to how ‘The Bomber’ responds to fighting on away soil.
If you asked me flat-out my initial gut reaction it would be a stoppage for Stevenson, which could come at anytime in the fight, but something tells me Bellew may give the hard-hitter more than he bargained for when the two collide this weekend.
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