Bellew hints at Cleverly rematch at cruiserweight following title defeat

Twice-beaten light-heavyweight world title challenger Tony ‘The Bomber’ Bellew is set for a move up in weight to the 200lb limit after losing out to WBC champion Adonis ‘Superman’ Stevenson in Canada on Saturday.

The 30 year-old from Liverpool was stopped in the sixth round of his latest attempt to claim a recognised belt, following on from his first career defeat to Nathan Cleverly for the WBO version in 2011.

Bellew is set to follow the Welshman’s recent move by heading up the necessary 25lbs from his current position to cruiserweight and has ignited rumours of a possible return with Cleverly in the future.

“It wasn’t supposed to be,” Bellew told Sky Sports after the disappointing knockout in Quebec.

“Maybe it’s time for me to jump up in weight now. Someone else (Cleverly) has recently jumped up in weight and it might be time for me to do it.

“It might it have been one too many (fights at this weight) for me as I was feeling them (punches) tonight and it’s not like me to feel shots. Tonight I did,” he added.

Cleverly, 26, was forced to delay his cruiserweight debut due to a back injury after being pencilled in for an immediate Commonwealth title shot against Daniel Amman recently, and it will now be interesting to see if the former world champion fancies another crack at his arch rival in the division above.

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