British boxer Tony Bellew has claimed that he would KO former opponent Adonis Stevenson if the pair faced off at cruiserweight. Stevenson beat Bellew by TKO in Quebec, Canada back in 2013, and is only only man that the Liverpudlian considers to have ‘truly defeated him’.
Having finally set the record straight with an emphatic victory over David Haye last week, Tony Bellew will not be short of offers over the next few months. The 35-year-old appeared to be in fine form at the O2 Arena, knocking Haye to the canvas three times before eventually winning the fight by TKO in Round 5. Bellew has since been linked to big money fights with Tyson Fury, Joseph Parker, and Oleksandr Usyk, and earlier this week, Canada’s Adonis Stevenson also threw his name into the hat.
Following his victory over Badou Jack, Stevenson said: “Tony Bellew needs to get a rematch because when I lost, the first thing I knew I would do is get a rematch and knock him out – and did,”
“You have to fight again the guy who knocked you out, except me! If I fight Bellew again, I am going to knock him out again. It would be exciting, though.”
Responding to Stevenson, Bellew admitted that he was tempted by the prospect of a rematch, but only if the fighters could agree on a suitable weight.
“If he says he’ll do it at catchweight, he’s just trying to drag me back down in weight again, isn’t he?” said Bellew
“But of course it’s interesting, I’d love to spank him. I look at him as the only man who ever truly defeated me. It definitely appeals, yes.
“The bad times stay with you longer than the good times, or at least stay with you and haunt you, so as much as I reflect and recollect on Goodison Park and what I achieved, part of me still goes back to being in Canada and I always wanted to be a two-weight world champion.
“It still haunts me to this day but he would never fight me at cruiserweight. I can’t go any lower than cruiserweight, it’s impossible and I am telling you now, if he did come close to cruiserweight I would put him to sleep.”