Tony Bellew's second world title shot is coming this year, as he'll meet the winner of a fight between Adonis Stevenson and Tavoris Cloud on November 30. The deal has been reached, with Stevenson-Cloud likely for Montreal in September. Bellew was named mandatory challenger to the WBC 175-pound title, and he and Matchroom Boxing decided to allow Stevenson to take the optional defense he wanted, with an agreement that the mandatory defense would come shortly after.
Bellew, who will turn 31 on November 30, is confident that he can make his birthday a big one:
"He's going in there against a guy that is even bigger than Chad Dawson and somebody who is going to impose their will on him even more than he tried to do.
"When he meets me he's not meeting somebody who's not going to show him any respect, he's meeting somebody who will show him the correct amount of respect, but he's also meeting someone that wants to punish him and who is very hungry and has goals. I'm just looking forward to getting to November 30 and becoming world champion."
Bellew (20-1-1, 12 KO) earned the title shot with a win over Isaac Chilemba on May 25, following a draw between the two in March. Stevenson (21-1, 18 KO) won the title from Chad Dawson with a 76-second knockout on June 8, while Cloud (24-1, 19 KO) hasn't fought since he lost his IBF title and undefeated record against Bernard Hopkins in March.
Who will come out of this triangle with the WBC title?