Bellew wary of Miranda threat
Liverpudlian knows he needs to raise his game against elite fighter
Last Updated: July 27, 2012 4:20pm
Tony Bellew believes Edison Miranda will be the most dangerous opponent he has faced in his career.
Bellew has agreed to battle the big-hitting Colombian on 8 September at Alexandra Palace as he tries to land another shot at a light-heavyweight world title.
"If I'm to progress to the levels I hope to in this game, then I fully expect to be able to deal with what Edison Miranda brings to the table."
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The Liverpudlian has already faced WBO champion Nathan Cleverly, but he feels Miranda, a two-time world title challenger, is his most threatening foe to date.
"I've watched Miranda for many years, I know all about him and I have a lot of respect for him," Bellew told World Boxing News.
"I believe he is the most dangerous fighter I have ever faced. His record speaks for itself.
"His knockout reel also makes great viewing. However if I'm to progress to the levels I hope to in this game, then I fully expect to be able to deal with what Edison Miranda brings to the table."
Miranda boasts 30 knockouts in 35 wins, but Bellew is confident he will have the last word in a brawl.
"A toe-to-toe fight is possible, but I believe fighters should stick to their own strengths and own strategy.
"I do see at some point going toe-to-toe, but when I do choose to do that I see only one outcome, Miranda in the referee's arms."