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Tony Bellew hungry for world title at cruiserweight, sick of Nathan Cleverly talk

Tony Bellew says he's boxing to win a world title and make a living for his family, so he's targeting the cruiserweight world titleholders. Oh, and he's tired of talking about Nathan Cleverly.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Tony Bellew told Sky Sports at ringside after last night's win against Valery Brudov that he's looking to get to another world title fight, having gone 0-2 in challenges at 175 pounds, and that the domestic scene at cruiserweight does not interest him:

"In all honesty, I think (Brudov) is above domestic level. He's a former two-time world title challenger, interim challenger. I just don't see the point. No disrespect. Jon-Lewis Dickinson is a fantastic prospect, really good fighter. Matty Askin, I worked with for this camp, another good fighter. But let me be totally honest, I've done all the domestic scene, and I'm not looking to go back there. No disrespect to the lads. They're young. I'm 31. I'm not getting any younger.

"I'm in this sport to be world champion. I've been British champion, I've been Commonwealth champion, I've been European number one. I'm in this sport to provide a living for my three boys and to become a world champion."

Promoter Eddie Hearn says that Sauerland Event would like to match their WBO cruiserweight champ Marco Huck against Bellew, but they'd like to do one more fight at the weight with Bellew before putting him into a world title bout. He also mentioned a potential cruiserweight rematch with Nathan Cleverly, which Bellew responded to quickly, without letting Hearn finish the thought:

Hearn: "I think he needs one more fight at cruiserweight, and step up another level, and I think he's ready for a world title. We all know that the big domestic fight with Cleverly is there, everybody wants to see it."

Bellew: "He doesn't want to fight. I don't care what anyone says. He doesn't want to fight. He's pulled out of about 20 fights in the space of two years. He doesn't want to fight, it's as simple as that. If you want to fight, you know where I am. Stop walking around, stop whinging, stop moaning, stop changing trainers every two minutes, and telling the whole world. Just fight. Just get in the ring and fight. That's what you're supposed to do. No one wants to know about you and your math degree. I'm sick of talking about it."

After seeing Bellew (21-2-1, 13 KO) yesterday, do you think he'll be good enough to snatch a cruiserweight title after failing in two tries at light heavyweight? Is Huck the best style matchup for him of the titleholders?

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