Tony Bellew and Adonis Stevenson dragged apart at weigh-in ahead of world title fight
Last Updated: 01/12/13 7:48am
Tony Bellew and Adonis Stevenson almost came to blows during a lively weigh-in for their WBC world light heavyweight title clash in Quebec at the weekend.
The pair had to be dragged apart as the face-to-face threatened to spiral out of control when Stevenson thrust his forehead into Bellew's face.
The Liverpudlian, who had goaded Stevenson by bringing up his criminal past, responded in kind before security staff and members of both camps were forced to intervene.
"He got into my face so I butted him," Bellew told the Liverpool Echo. "He tried to put his face into me so I slammed my head into his nose."
Challenger Bellew was right on the light heavyweigh limit of 12st 7lbs, while southpaw Stevenson was slightly lighter at 174.4lbs.
Bellew, whose sole defeat in 22 fights was to Nathan Cleverly on points, will also enjoy a height and reach advantage over his older rival on Saturday night.
Stevenson has also lost just once when he was knocked out by Darnell Boone, a journeyman whose 43-fight record boasts more defeats than victories.
However, the Haitian-born Canadian, who goes by the nickname of Superman, is 1/5 favourite with the bookmakers and has a reputation as a big-hitter after knocking out Chad Dawson in one round to win the title in June.
You can watch Tony Bellew and Adonis Stevenson settle their differences in the ring from 01.00 on Saturday on Sky Sports HD2