By Sean McDaniel: Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew will be doing it again in a rematch in two months on November 22nd at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. The fight will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK. It’s been several years since Cleverly beat Bellew by a 12 round majority decision in October 2011.
Bellew wanted an immediate rematch, but at the time Cleverly’s career was going smoothly with him holding down the WBO light heavyweight title. There was really no reason for Cleverly to fight Bellew at that time, because he was making decent money fighting the little known contenders that his promoter was digging up for him.
It was only recently when Cleverly was knocked out a year ago by Sergey Kovalev in the 4th round that his career took a hit. Instead of staying at 175, Cleverly moved up to cruiserweight and he’s trying to remake himself in that weight class.
Unfortunately, Cleverly’s chances of success at cruiserweight are slim in terms of him winning a world title. The same applies to Bellew. Both guys are good basic cruiserweights, but there’s nothing really special about either of them that would suggest that they’ll ever win or hold down a cruiserweight world title.
“I cannot wait for this,” said Cleverly via Skysports.com. “I beat him in front of his people before and this time I’m going to knock him out in front of his people. There will be no final bell in this fight, it’s going to be brutal. Expect fireworks from the build-up, the press conferences, the weigh in and the fight but also expect the same result. A Nathan Cleverly victory and then I will become a two-weight world champion.”
The Bellew-Cleverly 2 fight will be staged in Bellew’s home city of Liverpool, which may or may not play in his favor. If anything, it might actually work against Bellew if he comes out quickly and tries to slug with him in this fight. The last time they fought, Bellew started out quickly and gassed out by the 9th round. In a rematch, the same thing could happen if Bellew doesn’t fight smart.
“I want this more than any fight in the world,” said Bellew. “I’ve dreamt about this moment, about putting this right, about ending him. His face will be in my mind every day in camp, every night. I can’t explain how badly I want to knock him out and that’s exactly how it will end in November.
Their promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport plans on getting the winner of the Bellew-Cleverly 2 fight a shot at WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck.