Tony Bellew will be taking notes when he watches Adonis Stevenson vs Tavoris Cloud
By Adam Norman: Twitter @SkySportsNorm. Last Updated: 27/09/13 2:50pm
Tony Bellew: Expects Stevenson to retain his title in Montreal
Tony Bellew will be ringside on Saturday night when Adonis Stevenson defends his WBC light-heavyweight title against Tavoris Cloud.
Bellew, as the mandatory challenger, will face the winner on November 30 and should it be Stevenson, the fight will almost certainly take place in the same Bell Centre in Montreal.
The Evertonian has already commenced a 10-week training camp ahead of what promises to be his second world title shot, following a well-earned summer break.
Bellew moved into the mandatory position with victories over Edison Miranda, Roberto Bolonti and, belatedly, Isaac Chilemba in the past 12 months, and acknowledged the importance of some time out.
"I've had a nice bit of time off," he told Sky Sports. "I've had injuries that have needed to heal and I just needed my body to rest.
"Going into camps back-to-back is not advisable and I've done it on numerous occasions now because I've wanted to stay busy, but I've got to the mandatory position where I wanted to be and now I just want to take full advantage."
Stevenson scored a stunning first round knockout of Chad Dawson in June and with 18 of his 21 wins coming by stoppage, the Canadian has earned a lofty reputation.
"It's an exciting fight. Cloud is coming off a poor performance against Bernard Hopkins, he was dreadful that night, and he wasn't much better against Gabriel Campillo.
"Stevenson is coming off a career-best performance, a shock knockout against the best light-heavyweight in the world in Chad Dawson.
"So going in, one guy has an awful lot to prove and the other has a lot to maintain, to prove that it wasn't a fluke. I personally think Stevenson will win, maybe between rounds four and six. Cloud likes to start slow, but if he does that the fight's over before it begins.
"I personally think Stevenson will win, maybe between rounds four and six. Cloud likes to start slow, but if he does that the fight's over before it begins."
"I'll be looking to see what both guys bring to the table, but I've only seen Cloud live so I need to make the trip and go there and sample the atmosphere. It's not something I had to do but it's something I chose to do and it's something that is going to be highly beneficial."
'Bomber' has topped the bill in his home city of Liverpool on numerous occasions and has fought on the undercard of Carl Froch's headline fights, but he is looking forward to being the away fighter on November 30.
"I'm going to be a heavy underdog and the away fighter in a hostile crowd, which I'll enjoy to be honest because I've been a home fighter for that long that I've always thrived on boxing away and I'm really looking forward to it and ripping the title away," he added.
"I've had to be top of a bill with a court case looming and other things going on. I've experienced a lot of things in a short space of time that I've had to deal with and those pressures are massive, I've gone into fights where people have written me off and and all those things have made me a better fighter and a person to be honest.
"I'll put all that in play on November 30 but all that matters now is September 28 and finding out exactly who I'm going to be facing."
Stevenson made his name at super-middleweight but still had a low profile when he became mandatory challenger for Froch's IBF title.
"He tried his best to get Carl in the ring, but to be fair to Carl he's never dodged anyone in his career and you can't knock him for dodging Adonis Stevenson because he was unknown," said Bellew, who will once again be sparring with Froch as the 'Cobra' prepares to face George Groves on November 23.
"Unification fights supersede mandatories and from a neutral point of view there was no doubt Carl should have been facing Mikkel Kessler, so he can moan about being dodged but he got his shot (at Dawson) through sheer luck. I've earned my shot and that's all I want.
"Carl is a good friend and if I can help him in any way possible I will do. We'll get the work done as we always do and I'm pretty sure he'll do the same for me."