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Bellew getting ready for Cleverly bout

World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Light-Heavyweight title challenger Tony Bellew is ready to stop all the talking and prepare for his world title fight against champion Nathan Cleverly next month.

The pair have had heated arguments at a number of press conference since May, and Bellew can't wait to show what he can do in the ring on Saturday 15th October at the Liverpool Echo Arena.

"All the talking has been done," he said. "The press conferences have all been done again this time around, but now I'm just looking forward to stepping back in the ring,"

"I'm now just going to let my boxing do the talking, because it doesn't matter what I say, all that matters from here on in is what I do in the build up to October 15th."

Both fighters will also be putting their unbeaten records on the line and the Liverpool boxer believes it will be the toughest bout so far for the pair.

"I've been tested and my chin has been tested. I think this fight is going to be a huge test for both of us," said Bellew.

"Nathan is good at what he does, he's got fast feet and good hands with a good variety of punches. However there is nothing from him that I haven't seen before,"

"This is the biggest fight so far for the two of us, I'm the best opponent he's faced. He knows I'm better than Karo Murat, he knows I'm better than Antonio Brancalion and he knows I'm a lot better than Nadjib Mohammedi,"

"And I know he is better than Ovill McKenzie and all the other fighters I've faced before. We both have questions to answer."

Tickets, priced at 50, 100, 150 and 250, are available from:

Liverpool Echo Arena
Box Office: 0844 8000 400
www.echoarena.com

Frank Warren Promotions

WSB CONFIRMS MEXICO CITY GUERREROS PARTICIPATION IN SECOND SEASON

Lausanne, Switzerland, 16 September 2011 - Having received a strong confirmation of support from the Mexican Boxing Federation, local authorities and an intriguing offer from the host broadcaster in Mexico (Televisa Deportes Network), World Series of Boxing has decided to confirm Mexico City Guerreros for the second WSB season.

WSB Chief Operating Officer, Ivan Khodabakhsh explained this decision as follows. "Taking into consideration the strong heritage of boxing and the importance of our sport in Central and South America, it was felt that maintaining a Franchise in Mexico was a great opportunity for the continued growth of the WSB. WSB Americas investor wanted to have a Franchise in a location where the market has a high potential and Mexico offers a much better local support than Miami. This decision also reflects the true global character of WSB as a world league, having a Franchise in Mexico, will ensure that for the second season, there will be one Franchise per country".

By signing a memorandum of agreement with WSB, the Mexican Boxing Federation has shown his strong support to the sport of boxing in the country as Ricardo Contreras, FMBA President confirmed. "After a convincing first season with the Mexico City Guerreros finishing at the foot of the semi-finals, it was absolutely crucial for the Mexican Boxing Federation to keep on going with the support of WSB in Mexico. Mexico is a country with more than 100 years in Boxing, and we are convinced that the WSB has a bright future in our country and that it gives Mexican boxers the great opportunity to develop their skills in the near future."

This decision was also made possible by an intriguing offer received from the Mexican cable television network, Televisa Deportes Network (TDN), who broadcasts a variety of international and national sports events 24/7 to Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama and the Dominican Republic. "The World Series of Boxing is an innovative way of seeing the sport of boxing and we are very proud to be associated to such a competition. We will help as much as we can WSB to promote boxing and give the 2011-2012 season the best exposure we can, especially in Mexico", said Juan Carlos Rodriguez, Director of TDN.

Mexico City Guerreros will face the WSB Franchises in Baku/Azerbaijan, Beijing/China, Istanbul/Turkey, Leipzig/Germany and defending champions from France, Paris United in Group B. They will start their regular season in Germany on the weekend of 11/12 November 2011.

Article posted on 16.09.2011



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