Originally Posted by Jonsey
well have you seen him fight? were you ****ed of when Bellew was named as his 1st defense?
I'm a big Bellew fan and even though I knew he'd run Cleverly close, I don't think he did deserve a world title shot. The best win of his career up until that point was beating Ovill McKenzie, which is simply not good enough to demand a world title fight. On ability, Bellew was worth it, of course, but the fact is, if a Ukrainian fighter had got a world title shot and his best was was someone with 10 losses, we'd all be annoyed. Rightly so too.
Bellew was rushed into the fight, in my opinion. He lost a close decision but if he fought Cleverly now, he'd beat him. The fight between them two was rushed and came before Bellew had earned and was ready for a world title shot.