Cleverly vs Bellew: Bellew Says Cleverly Needs Him to Sell Tickets

Nathan Cleverly faces Tony Bellew on October 15 in Liverpool. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

British and Commonwealth light heavyweight champ Tony Bellew says that Nathan Cleverly needs him to sell tickets, while Cleverly says that Bellew is a lot of big talk and little more.

From Bellew via Sky Sports:

"He is getting the best payday of his career because I generate media interest. He can't generate anything.

"What kind of champion comes to my hometown for his second defence? That is a champion that can't sell out his own back garden."

And from Cleverly:

"I think Tony's talking earned the fight - he knows that. That's why he acted like he did in the press conference.

"But I've got no issue with that. I didn't have to take the fight, I didn't have to come to Liverpool. I could have gone a different route.

"I am a born winner and the outcome is going to remain the same, I am going to stay undefeated."

To be 100% fair, as much as Bellew (16-0, 10 KO) might not have earned a world title shot, it's also easy to say that Cleverly (22-0, 11 KO) didn't really earn the title, either, having it handed over after Juergen Braehmer did his usual and bailed on a fight that wasn't set up for him to win in Germany.

It's a nice rivalry clash, though, which could be a good fight if Bellew goes back to being the reckless brawler he was prior to his last fight, a dull alleged "masterpiece" win over Ovill McKenzie. And combined with the Wilczewski vs DeGale fight, it will be a nice afternoon warm-up for those of in the U.S. before the Hopkins vs Dawson card that night.

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