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Cleverly vs. Bellew fight now official!

Nathan Cleverly Tony BellewBy Scott Gilfoid: If you want to see an ugly fight tune in to the October 15th bout between WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (22-0, 11 KO’s) and challenger Tony Bellew (16-0, 10 KO’s) at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. For some reason the Brits are excited about this mismatch between No.13 WBO ranked Bellew and Cleverly, the young champion. I hate it.

Personally, I don’t care for either of these guys. Both are plodders without much defense and not really huge punchers either. Bellew can load up when he wants to but is so flawed that it makes it not even interesting.

Cleverly, 24, has an easy win here, and I’m glad I’m just going to watch highlights because I would need some really good Colombian coffee to stay awake for this one-sided mismatch. Bellew doesn’t stand a chance. There, that’s all you need to say about this fight. The undercard isn’t set as of this time, but there’s talk that the talented James DeGale (10-1, 8 KO’s) be facing EBU super middleweight champion Piotr Wilcewski and George Groves fighting a needless rematch against Kenny Anderson.

If the the DeGale-Wilcewski and Groves-Anderson fight do make the card then I think they should go as the #1 and #2 fights with the Cleverly-Bellew mismatch bringing up the rear in the first fight of the night. You want to save your best talent for the top two fights and I see DeGale as a much better talent than Cleverly, and I also feel the same way about Groves.

I kind of have taken a liking to Groves after he was trained by Andre Dirrell for the Groves vs. DeGale bout last May. Some of Dirrell’s amazing magnificence rubbed off on Groves, making him look halfway decent for once. If only Groves can somehow continue to work with Dirrell in the future. I think Groves could wind up as a passable gatekeeper type fighter if he can learn a few more things from Dirrell. But DeGale is the real talent on this card. He’s the gold with the rest being copper plated talent.


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