Cleverly will be knocked cold by Bellew on Saturday
By Scott Gilfoid: All good things must come to an end, and for WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (22-0, 11 KO’s), his brief time as the World Boxing Organization title holder is about up. On Saturday night, Cleverly faces what could the most perfect punching machine in the light heavyweight division in knockout artist Tony Bellew (16-0, 10 KO’s). Cleverly’s got a square chin that’s just begging to be slugged by Bellew.
I’m not saying Bellew is the best fighter in the division, because he’s still inexperienced and needs more fights under his belt before he gets to the level of Chad Dawson and Bernard Hopkins. But Bellew is a monster puncher with the more pure power in the division, and Cleverly is come forward fighter leads with his chin.
If I was the creator of a fighter that was perfectly made for Bellew to knockout, Cleverly would be the fighter that I created. He’s the Joe Frazier to the George Foreman or the Terry Norris to Julian Jackson. Some fighters are just made to be knocked cold by others, and Clevelry is made to order for Bellew. This is like T-ball for Bellew. He’s going to have Cleverly with his chin basically on Tee ready for him to blast away with right hands and left hooks on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.
I must admit I didn’t think Bellew had a chance in this fight, but after learning that the talented James DeGale strongly endorsed him after sparring with both Bellew and Cleverly, I did lot more research into Bellews previous fights and I got to say I was dead wrong about the guy. Bellew is got incredible power and is one of those fighters that has freakish power without being huge in size. He’s like a Tommy Hearns for the light heavyweight division, and he’s got the perfect fighter for him to lay his bone crushing punches into.
I think Cleverly is going to get the stuffing beaten out of him on Saturday night if he doesn’t hit the deck early. We’re talking busted lips, broken nose, cut up eyes, the works. Bellew hits too hard and he’s not going to be looking to box Cleverly on Saturday night. He knows that Cleverly has a high work rate and to beat him, you got to knock him out otherwise he’ll outwork you. This is why Bellew isn’t going to mess around, he’s going to open up on Cleverly and leave him flat on his back on the canvas in twisted wreckage.