Tony Bellew (20-2-1, 12 KOs) will face former interim cruiserweight beltholder Valery Brudov (41-4, 28 KOs) in his first fight at the weight at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England on March 15. Bellew steps up a weight after challenging Adonis Stevenson for the WBC light heavyweight crown in November, and the 31-year-old doesn’t have an easy test in his debut at cruiserweight. Brudov is a former WBA interim belt holder and longtime contender with all four losses coming in world title fights, although the 37-year-old will be facing his first significant opponent in two years in Bellew.
In other action, Stephen Smith is expected to challenge Fernando David Saucedo for the Argentinian’s WBC silver featherweight title in a crunch eliminator bout. Stephen’s older brother Paul is is expected to fight for the outright ownership on the Lord Lonsdale belt with a british super middleweight title defense on the card. The youngest Smith, Callum, is also in action as he looks to build on an incredible year in 2013 where he raced to 9-0 with a stunning sequence of six first-round wins in the super middleweight division. Welterweight star Kell Brook and popular lightweight Kevin Mitchell will both be in action in tune-up bouts.