• Light-heavyweight

Bellew gets birthday title chance against Stevenson

ESPN staff
July 25, 2013
Tony Bellew will fight Adonis Stevenson in November © PA Photos

Terms have been agreed for light-heavyweight Tony Bellew to face WBC champion Adonis Stevenson in a world title match-up on November 30 - Bellew's birthday.

Presuming Stevenson, highly-regarded in some quarters for his punching power, wins his forthcoming meeting with Tavoris Cloud on September 28, Bellew will get the second world title shot of his career later this year.

However, he will have to go to Canada for the bout.

Bellew's promoter, Eddie Hearn, revealed the agreement with Stevenson's camp on Twitter. The Liverpudlian previously lost a world title meeting with Nathan Cleverly by split decision.

"I am delighted Tony has got the shot - and what a perfect potential date for it," Hearn said. "Tony has worked tirelessly to get a second crack at a world title and he's ready to claim it now - what a dream birthday present it will be when he does."

If Cloud wins then Bellew, the mandatory challenger after beating Isaac Chilemba in a rematch earlier this year, will still be first in line - although a new date and location will have to be negotiated.

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