Tony Bellew and Nathan Cleverly talked a third fight after tonight's rematch, but if this was any indication of what a rubber match might resemble, no thanks. Bellew took a split decision in a fight he clearly won, evening the score after their 2011 fight that went Cleverly's way. Scores were 115-114 Cleverly, and 115-113 and 116-112 Bellew. BLH had it 116-112 for Bellew.
Bellew (23-2-1, 14 KO) and Cleverly (28-2, 14 KO) landed at pitiful rates in a sluggish affair that saw Cleverly all but refuse to throw his right hand at any point during the fight, and Bellew just winging and missing constantly. The fight was won in the final third, as Cleverly parked himself on the ropes, where he did his best to slip and dodge shots from Bellew, who was the clear aggressor and landed enough shots to take over a fight that had almost no resemblance to their first bout, an exciting affair at light heavyweight.
Neither fighter looked like a serious cruiserweight threat, but Bellew could soon find himself an opponent for one of the four titleholders in the division. He may well have better in him, but neither man impressed tonight, and though the Liverpool faithful were rowdy for Bellew being announced the winner, the crowd died off midway through the fight, because they couldn't help but do so.
What did you think of the fight? Do you have any interest whatsoever in a rubber match?