Triumphant cruiserweight Tony Bellew has affectively ruled out a rubber match with Nathan Cleverly as the Liverpudlian chases his dream of fighting at Everton’s Goodison Park stadium in the coming year.
Bellew, 31, out-fought Cleverly for much of their Echo Arena clash on Saturday night to gain revenge for his tight defeat at the same venue three years previously. ‘The Bomber’ is now ready to put his beef with Cleverly firmly behind him and only has only thing on his mind going forward.
“I’m chasing world titles,” Bellew told Sky Sports’ Fraser Dainton from his home on Sunday morning.
“That was a clear and confident victory last night – a clear cut victory, so I just can’t see where is the purpose of a third fight. He just can’t keep with me at the weight. He just can’t do it. It’s just not him and last night showed that.
“I don’t see what a third fight does and I’m chasing world titles. That is my dream. Goodison Park, a world title fight and Mr. (Eddie) Hearn can make that happen. I know he can.
“It’s a huge possibility and that is what I want,” he added.
In avenging his loss to Cleverly, Bellew earned a shot at WBO champion Marco Huck, which could happen by the middle of next year, but whether the German would be willing to travel to England for the contest is up for debate.
Huck is known to like his home comforts, which has saw him successfully defend his belt a joint record number of times. Huck needs just one more win to break Johnny Nelson’s long-standing record, so there may only be a chance of Bellew and Hearn enticing Huck over to the UK if the title holder surpasses the benchmark beforehand.