By James Slater
Unbeaten Liverpudlian “Bomber” Tony Bellew will be one hugely interested viewer when WBC light-heavyweight king Chad Dawson defends against the hard punching Adonis Stevenson on Saturday night in Canada. Bellew, thanks to his rematch points win over the tricky Isaac Chilemba, is next in line to challenge for the WBC crown, and tonight on Sky Sports’ Ringside, Bellew, 20-1-1(12) gave his thoughts on the upcoming fight.
“It’s a great match-up; puncher versus slickster – it’s serious power versus a serious boxer,” Bellew said. “And you have two southpaws, it makes for a fantastic fight. [Dawson] wasn’t right at 168, and that’s the million dollar question [whether Dawson will be able to come back after the loss to Andre Ward] – will he be the same? I think back at 175 he’ll put the demons away, and after he gets the first two or three rounds out of the way Stevenson is in trouble.
“If I was a betting man, without a doubt it’s Dawson. But if I could pick [who wins], I’d take Stevenson. Me and him would be just a war! I’d literally go to his backyard to fight him.”
Most experts seem to agree with Bellew and are picking “Bad” Chad to get the win. But the question remains, how much did that stoppage loss to Ward take out of Dawson?
In other Sky Sports boxing news, it was tonight announced how Sky Sports will televise live the fascinating and eagerly anticipated middleweight title fight showdown between Gennady Golovkin and Matthew Macklin on June 29th.