Tony Bellew wants to set up a clash with Chad Dawson for the WBC light heavyweight World title if he beats Roberto Bolonti for the vacant WBC Silver title at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, live Sky Sports on November 17 in Betfair’s ‘True Brit’.
Bellew believes Dawson is the best light heavyweight in the world and a win over Argentine Bolonti in the chief support bout to Carl Froch’s IBF super middleweight World title defence against Yusaf Mack should propel The Bomber into the WBC top five.
Former super-middleweight world champion Mikkel Kessler shrugged off an early scare to knockout Allan Green in the fourth round of their WBC light-heavyweight silver title clash.
The Viking Warrior had to pick himself up off the canvas in the first round after being rocked by a heavy right hand followed by a flurry of punches to the head and body.
The rematch was no classic, but Dawson won out with his methodical approach to taking on the willy old veteran and controlled the majority of the fight to take it 117-111 on two scorecards, while the final card crazily had it 114-114.
Two men guaranteed to be tuning in to this evening’s blockbuster WBC world light-heavyweight clash between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson are Frank Warren Promotion’s brace of world class 175-pounders, WBO king Nathan Cleverly and British champ Tony Bellew.
And with B-Hop having refused to participate in a face off at their previous media events it was the first time the fighters went eyeball to eyeball since their controversial meeting in October last year.
The 47-year-old future Hall of Famer told a media roundtable that he was the ‘last of a dying breed’ as he prepared to face a man 18-years his junior in a contest many are not giving him a chance in.
Chad Dawson says Bernard Hopkins didn’t want to be in the ring with him in the first fight and is using that as a confidence booster as he prepares to challenge the veteran once again for his WBC light-heavyweight strap.