Former WBC silver light-heavyweight champion Tony ‘Bomber’ Bellew is relishing a second bite a old rival Nathan Cleverly after moving up to cruiserweight on the back of his loss to Adonis Stevenson.
The 31 year-old from Liverpool has decided to make the 25lb move up after suffering a first stoppage defeat of his career in Canada last weekend and has instantly targeted the Welshman, who also made the switch when losing his world title to Sergey Kovalev.
“I’ll gain the weight the correct way and I’ll enjoy putting the pounds on as well,” Bellew told Sky Sports News.
“I’ll be back in with more guys of a similar size and build to me. I’m sure I’ll bring a lot more power and more of the old ‘Bomber’ back to the table.
On the Clevery bout, Bellew added: “It’s going to happen,” he confirmed. “There is no two ways about it. I detest him. I can’t stand him and he doesn’t like me and it’s going to happen.
“Especially now that I have moved up a weight. You know, I feel I was one of the biggest light-heavyweights in the world, without a shadow of a doubt, but there is no point in being the biggest light-heavyweight in the world if you can’t put it to use.
Bellew hopes to secure a cruiserweight berth from promoter Eddie Hearn in March of next year, and could be handed a decent ranking with the WBC after his exploits at the lower weight.
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