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Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew set for November rematch

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British boxers Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew will rekindle their rivalry in November it has been confirmed.

The date for their long awaited rematch, that will take place at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, will be announced ahead of a press conference on Wednesday.

Rematch 

The pair first fought, at the same venue, back in 2011 as Cleverly came through the second defence of his WBO Light Heavyweight title with a majority decision.

With both fighters having taken the step up to Cruiserweight the bout will take place in a new weight class.

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Former light heavyweight champion Cleverly, 27, is not worried about fighting in Bellew’s back yard, as the Liverpudlian gears up for his tenth fight at the Echo Arena.

The Welshman, speaking to Sky Sports, said: “I cannot wait for this, beat him in front of his people before and this time I'm going to knock him out in front of his people.”

"There will be no final bell in this fight, it's going to be brutal. Expect fireworks from the build-up, the press conferences, the weigh in and the fight but also expect the same result. A Nathan Cleverly victory and then I will become a two-weight world champion.”

World title hopes

The former British, Commonwealth, EBU (European) and WBO light heavyweight champion successfully defended his world title on five occasions before losing to Russian Sergey Kovalev, his only defeat, in front of his home crowd at the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff.

Along with his points victory against Bellew, Cleverly also travelled to Los Angeles as he beat Shawn Hawk at the Staples Centre.

Since moving to Cruiserweight, Cleverly has had two knockout wins over Shawn Corbin and Alejandro Emilio Valori as he targets another world title.

Similar records

“The Bomber” Bellew has an identical record at Cruiserweight, winning his two fights by knockout against Valery Brudov and Julio Cesar dos Santos.

Despite never holding a world title, Bellew has had two attempts, one being the loss to Cleverly and the other a sixth round TKO loss to Adonis Stevenson in Quebec, Canada where he fought for the WBC and The Ring light heavyweight titles.

However, the former British, Commonwealth and WBC Silver international light heavyweight champion will see revenge against the Welshman as a good spring board in his attempt to return to world title contention.

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Cruiserweight
Nathan Cleverley
Tony Bellew
Boxing

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