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