The Welshman's classier work shaded him 117-112, 116-113, 114-114 verdicts on the three judges' cards and although it was met by jeers from Bellew's home fans it was the right decision.
In front of a capacity crowd at the Contemporary Urban Centre in Liverpool, unbeaten Welshman Cleverly weighed just under the limit at 12st 6lb 4oz, while undefeated challenger Bellew was spot on at 12st 7lb.
A catch up with WBO light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly as he puts the finishing touches to preparations for his second defence against British and Commonwealth champ Tony Bellew. Cleverly works the pads with his father and trainer Vince, and talks training in the valleys, Bellew’s heavy hands, and walking away from the sport if he loses.
Video footage from Tony Bellew’s media workout earlier this week. With his world title shot against Nathan Cleverly only days away, Bellew throws a few shapes and talks being the underdog, his superior fitness levels, and having a great camp.
Despite being tipped as the clear favourite, Cleverly says he is preparing for the toughest fight of his career, claiming that he will show that he wants it more on fight night.
Two weeks from now all the talking will end for Tony Bellew when he clambers into the ring to face long time rival and current keeper of the WBO light-heavyweight belt, Nathan Cleverly. But until he is called upon to make his statements with his fists, the outspoken Liverpudlian still has some audio to file.
Bellew, who enters the ring to his beloved Everton’s adopted tune Z Cars, believes the moment will really get him going on fight night at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on October 15.
With the news that veteran promoter Frank Warren was bringing his fighters across, independent boxing channel BoxNation unveiled a strong line up today to kick off their tenure on the Sky platform, channel 456.