Bellew shows he’s a butt of al­right! TONY STICKS NUT IN

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TONY BELLEW at­tacked hated ri­val Nathan Clev­erly yes­ter­day with an as­ton­ish­ing HEAD BUTT and threat­ened: “I’ll do the same again.”

Clev­erly, 24, will risk his WBO light-heavy­weight crown against the mouthy Scouser at Liver­pool’s Echo Arena on Oc­to­ber 15 in what is one of Bri­tain’s most an­tic­i­pated fights this year.

Bellew started the bat­tle early when they posed for pic­tures to hype the clash be­tween the un­beaten pair.

The rum­pus would have been a lot nas­tier but for Frank War­ren’s match­maker Dean Pow­ell and a se­cu­rity guard step­ping in.

There has been bad blood since Bellew agreed to fight the Welsh­man at 48 hours’ no­tice in May, but pulled out when he couldn’t make the 12st 7lb weight limit.

Bellew, 27, raged: “He just got a bit too close to my face so I butted him. I won’t have any of that rub­bish.

“I in­tim­i­date him and he’s try­ing to come across like I don’t. If he comes too close I’ll punch his face right in.

“He was lucky I had two belts on my hands be­cause I butted him and he stepped back.

“I won’t be moved. That’s me and that’s what I’m about.

“The one thing he can’t do is man­han­dle or bully me like he has 22 other fighters.

“He’s go­ing to get the fight of his life when my gloves touch his face and body.” Clev­erly dis­missed the at­tack and be­lieves Bellew poses lit­tle threat to his progress, brand­ing his ri­val a “step­ping stone”.

Clev­erly, who has a maths de­gree, is al­ready do­ing re­tire­ment sums and plans just six more fights be­fore quit­ting, in­clud­ing a dream fight against Bernard Hop­kins.

Clev­erly added: “I’m in the sport short-term, but while I’m in box­ing I’m go­ing to be ex­cit­ing, re­main un­beaten and get out at the top.

“I see my­self hav­ing an­other six fights be­cause the way I fight and train is very in­tense.

“I take risks when I fight, but I’m in box­ing to be a win­ner and I’ll give it my best shot, have big fights and get big money.”

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