• Adonis Stevenson v Tony Bellew

Bellew: I'm 'Superman' Stevenson's Kryptonite

ESPN staff
November 8, 2013
Tony Bellew won his last outing against Isaac Chilemba © Getty Images

Tony Bellew has vowed to turn the "little man with a huge punch" Adonis Stevenson in to "just a little man" when the pair fight it out for the WBC light-heavyweight championship on November 30.

Bellew believes he will have no trouble in defeating the fighter known as 'Superman' when he travels to Quebec, indicating he will turn more than a few heads when they go toe-to-toe.

In June, Stevenson stunned Chad Dawson with a first-round knockout to claim the belt before going on to successfully defend his title against Tavoris Cloud.

However, Brit Bellew has dismissed Stevenson's comparison to Mike Tyson and believes he is fully prepared for "the biggest opportunity" of his life.

"They hype Stevenson up to be the next coming of Mike Tyson but, the fact of the matter is, he is just a little man with a huge punch," Bellew told Press Association Sport.

"I am going to defuse that punch and just turn him into a little man. November 30 can't come soon enough. I'm excited and really happy. I am in a good place at the minute and really looking forward to the fight.

"This is the biggest opportunity of my life. I can't put the magnitude of this fight into words. Not only am I fighting for the WBC title, I'm fighting for The Ring magazine belt as well.

"That said, when you hold that title, you are the best fighter in the light-heavyweight division - no questions, ifs or buts. You are the best.

"The hype around Stevenson is huge in America. Everyone wants to see this big [Sergey] Kovalev-Stevenson fight happen, but they are not going to see it because I am going to turn this division on its head on November 30."

Bellew faces Stevenson in what will be his second world title fight, after suffering his only professional loss to date against Nathan Cleverly for the WBO belt in 2011.

Stevenson also boasts a card featuring only one loss, which came via a surprise knockout defeat to Darnell Boone in 2010 - something which Bellew was quick to criticise.

"I think I am the Kryptonite - that is the best way of putting it," Bellew said. "He has got this moniker, this slogan, this Superman thing - but at the end of the day the cold, hard fact is he has been knocked out by a journeyman, a guy that has won 20 fights and lost 20.

"I am better than Darnell Boone. I am better than any fighter in the world who has won 20 and lost 20. That is a fact."

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