Tony ‘The Bomber’ Bellew is now the mandatory challenger for the WBC light-heavyweight title currently held by Adonis Stevenson.
Bellew faced harsh criticism following his first fight with Chilemba and said that he had been through absolute torture in the preparation for the rematch having only had back-to-back training camps.
The first fight started with Bellew dominating but changed into a dull fight with the very awkward Chilemba looking to spoil and beginning to have a greater influence.
I personally saw Bellew as a close winner of the fight but it was given as a draw. Bellew seemed both distraught and angry with the decision and seemed to have every right to be.
Despite this it was not a good performance from Bellew and much more was expected from him.
The fight was quickly rearranged and the second was more of the same to be honest.
Chilemba is a very awkward and non-aggressive type of opponent who doesn’t allow his opponent to look good against him.
Bellew had more success though by getting Chilemba to engage more than in the previous fight.
Bellew was given a points decision and seemed more comfortable but some had suggested that he had learned nothing from the first fight.
Bellew seemed emotional after the fight and was so relieved to have got through the tough fight and be in-line for a world title shot.
Bellew has fought for a world title previously against fellow Brit Nathan Cleverly and put up a real good fight but not quite good enough to win. That fight taught Bellew a lot and he has become a much improved fighter since. He possess real power and determination.
He is mentally strong and has said before that he is willing to die in the ring.
He technically still seems a bit lacking occasionally but that could just be due to the sheer level of awkwardness that Chilemba possesses.
Bellew now holds a record of 20 wins, one loss and one draw and at 6ft 2.5 is a tall light-heavyweight who loves a good scrap.
He is also a vibrant character with huge levels of self belief. He is very knowledgeable on the sport and as shown by his appearance on Ringside that he is a likeable character.
I would love to see Bellew face Stevenson for the title just from an entertainment point of view as both would look to stand in the centre of the ring and dominate the other.
It would be a fantastic old-fashioned tear-up and would make for brilliant viewing. Stevenson is a dangerous fighter and will be a real test for Bellew but you can never write off the Bomber!
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