Bellew and Cleverly come close to blows at press conference

"Come on then, let's do it now, you f**king rat!"
With this splendid turn of phrase at this afternoon's press conference for his fight with WBO light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly, Liverpool's Commonwealth champion Tony Bellew wrote himself into the hearts of a legion of British boxing fans...and probably paid for his own purse to boot.
Bellew has been talking of his desire to fight Cleverly for a while whilst Cleverly dismissed him as beneath his level, thereby ensuring immediate tension between the boxers.
BoxRec poster Bomber Bellew could not have dreamed of such an opportunity falling into his lap and he seems determined to make the most of it.
Cleverly, irritated by Bellew, dismissed him as a "bum" and it wasn't long before the pair were squaring up after the Scouser's hilarious invitation.
Both men were genuinely intense and there's one thing you can guarantee - their antics have put another five figures on the PPV gate.


Crolla V Murray

A lot of people consider the lightweight bout taking place in Manchester this weekend between Anthony Crolla (27-4-1) and John Murray (32-2) to be a very close call indeed. The contest, in UK's second biggest city on Easter Weekend, is for the WBO lightweight Inter-continental title, but the significance of the result means more than the marginal title as it will put them a step closer to a world title fight. Even if this isn't immediately forthcoming, the division is stacked in Britain, and can throw up some massive domestic scraps.

Fight Reports

Crag Whyatt v Ben Moorish, Camden Centre, 11th April

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