Buddy McGirt believes all the pressure is on Tony Bellew when he faces Isaac Chilemba

Last Updated: 27/03/13 8:45pm

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Buddy McGirt: Has been preparing Isaac Chilemba for Saturday's fight

Buddy McGirt: Has been preparing Isaac Chilemba for Saturday's fight

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Trainer Buddy McGirt has questioned whether Tony Bellew can handle the pressure of Saturday's world title eliminator with Isaac Chilemba.

Chilemba has travelled to Bellew's hometown of Liverpool for the crucial light-heavyweight clash, with the winner hoping to land a shot at WBC Champion Chad Dawson.

McGirt insists his fighter Chilemba is not worried about facing Bellew on his own patch and believes the local favourite will have the added burden of trying to impress his fans.

"I commend Tony on taking the fight with Isaac because it's the toughest he could've taken," said McGirt.

"There are easier fights out there for him, but I love it when the best step up to face the best, respect to him for that - but Isaac is one hell of a fighter and he'll see that on Saturday night.

"When you fight away from home there is less pressure on you, it's all on the guy who is in front of his own crowd. Tony's the one who has to go and impress everyone, not Isaac - there's no pressure on him, no expectations so he can relax and do his thing.

"The guy that lives here has to live up to the expectations of the crowd and that can be big. It is better for us that the fight is in Liverpool rather than back in America."

McGirt is pleased with Chilemba's preparations and feels he is ready to ruin Bellew's world title hopes in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

"He's a very good listener, good technically and he knows when to put it all together," said the American. "He's a very good boxer with good hand speed, but above all he listens and learns every day.

"We've been here since Thursday and Isaac is in tremendous shape. Everything is good and we have no complaints, he is ready to go."

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No retreat No surrender

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