David Price Returns to Liverpool On June 26th Card Feat. Bellew & Smith

David Price will fight in Liverpool for the first time in two years at the Echo Arena on Friday June 26 as part of a huge bill live on Sky Sports.

The popular Heavyweight joins an all-star cast with World-rated Super Middleweight’s Callum Smith and Rocky Fielding in crunch clashes against Christopher Rebrasse and Brian Vera respectively, while Tony Bellew closes in on a first World title shot at Cruiserweight following his victory over bitter rival Nathan Cleverly in November.

Price’s last outing in his hometown was his rematch with Tony Thompson in July 2013, and the 31 year old has since notched four wins in Denmark and Germany with three KOs, a run of form that has landed him a European title fight with Erkan Teper with purse bids set for next week, and the former British and Commonwealth champion believes he’ll bring his best to the ring on June 26.

“This homecoming means a lot to me,’’ said Price. “I’m buzzing to be back in Liverpool and back fighting at the Echo Arena. It’s been longer than I had anticipated but it will be well worth the wait to be part of such a big night of boxing for the city.

“My last fight in Liverpool didn’t go as planned but that’s ancient history now. It’s behind me and I’ve moved on. I’m in a better place now than I was two years ago, and on June 26 people will see a much-improved fighter. The one-punch knockout artist is still there but now I’m a more polished boxer. I’m more relaxed and I’m enjoying my time in the ring. I’ve been working tirelessly in the gym, and I’m relishing the chance to get back under the bright lights and back fighting in front of my home fans at the Echo Arena.”

“We’re delighted to be working with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing to bring fans a massive night of boxing on June 26,’’ said Price’s promoter Nisse Sauerland. ‘’David’s homecoming has been a long-time coming. Over the past two years, he has been gained valuable experience fighting overseas and now Liverpool’s heavyweight hope is ready to return home.”

“I’m delighted to be back in Liverpool with this huge card,” said Eddie Hearn. “The domestic Heavyweight division is really gathering pace now it’s great to see David Price returning to Liverpool for the first time in two years and I’m pleased as always to be working with Team Sauerland to help make this happen on Sky Sports. That relationship has enabled us to work closely on a number of fights, with Tony Bellew set to face IBF Cruiserweight champion Yoan Hernandez later this year.

“It’s a massive fight for Callum Smith against Christopher Rebrasse for the WBC Silver Super Middleweight strap. Victory will put him in a final eliminator to become the mandatory challenger for the winner of Badou Jack vs. George Groves for the WBC title. Rocky Fielding faces a massive step up against Bryan Vera who has mixed with many of the top boys at 160lbs and 168lbs. Rocky is ranked across all the governing bodies and victory on June 26th would put him with in touching distance of a World title shot.”

Callum Smith’s clash with Rebrasse for the WBC Silver Super Middleweight title represents an acid test for the hotly-tipped 25 year old. Promoter Eddie Hearn said Smith was ready to be “let off the leash” after he returned to the ring with a first round KO in Birmingham last weekend, and in Rebrasse he meets a fighter that will ask him tough questions. The Frenchman has travelled to England before when he took George Groves the distance for the European title, and Smith expects the toughest night of his career.

“He’s going to be the best that I have boxed in the pros,” said Smith. “He’s only lost three times and they have all been on points, he gave George Groves a really tough fight and I don’t think that the scorecards reflected how close the fight was. He’s big for the weight and it’s a really competitive fight for me and it will be interesting to see what level I am at after the fight – I think it’s the perfect fight at the perfect time.”

Fielding’s meeting with Vera promises to be an all-action affair as the Texan comes to Liverpool boasting a CV with wins over current World Middleweight king Andy Lee and former World champions Serhiy Dzinziruk and Sergio Mora. Fielding returned to the ring in March from an eight month absence through injury, and the 27 year old is itching to test himself against the visitor.

“Vera is a big step-up for me,” said Fielding. “He has some great wins on his record and he’s tested some really big names, so for me to get a win over him on my record would be a great statement.”

Following his win over Cleverly, Bellew swapped Liverpool for Hollywood as he took part in the filming of Creed, part of the Rocky film series, but now the 32 year old is focussed on his day job with a World title clash with IBF king Yoan Hernandez mooted for the autumn as he takes on the experienced Czech Lubos Suda.

“I’ve settled into the Cruiserweight division nicely and I am ready to take a World title shot,” said Bellew. “There are some tough, tough fighters with belts in the division, but I believe that I can beat them and get my hands on their titles.”

Tickets for the clash go on sale at midday today (May 15) exclusively for Matchroom Fight Pass members from the from the Fight Pass area at www.matchroomboxing.com. Tickets are priced at £40, £60, £80, £100, £150 and £250 VIPs.

Tickets go on general sale tomorrow (May 16) from midday from the Echo Arena website www.echoarena.com and on 0844 8000 400 – with the Echo Arena selling tickets priced in the £40-£150 bracket. The £250 VIP tickets are available exclusively from Matchroom Boxing at www.matchroomboxing.com and on 01277 359900.

David Price Returns to Liverpool June 26th Card Feat. Bellew & Smith

David Price will fight in Liverpool for the first time in two years at the Echo Arena on Friday June 26 as part of a huge bill live on Sky Sports.

The popular Heavyweight joins an all-star cast with World-rated Super Middleweight’s Callum Smith and Rocky Fielding in crunch clashes against Christopher Rebrasse and Brian Vera respectively, while Tony Bellew closes in on a first World title shot at Cruiserweight following his victory over bitter rival Nathan Cleverly in November.

Price’s last outing in his hometown was his rematch with Tony Thompson in July 2013, and the 31 year old has since notched four wins in Denmark and Germany with three KOs, a run of form that has landed him a European title fight with Erkan Teper with purse bids set for next week, and the former British and Commonwealth champion believes he’ll bring his best to the ring on June 26.

“This homecoming means a lot to me,’’ said Price. “I’m buzzing to be back in Liverpool and back fighting at the Echo Arena. It’s been longer than I had anticipated but it will be well worth the wait to be part of such a big night of boxing for the city.

“My last fight in Liverpool didn’t go as planned but that’s ancient history now. It’s behind me and I’ve moved on. I’m in a better place now than I was two years ago, and on June 26 people will see a much-improved fighter. The one-punch knockout artist is still there but now I’m a more polished boxer. I’m more relaxed and I’m enjoying my time in the ring. I’ve been working tirelessly in the gym, and I’m relishing the chance to get back under the bright lights and back fighting in front of my home fans at the Echo Arena.”

“We’re delighted to be working with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing to bring fans a massive night of boxing on June 26,’’ said Price’s promoter Nisse Sauerland. ‘’David’s homecoming has been a long-time coming. Over the past two years, he has been gained valuable experience fighting overseas and now Liverpool’s heavyweight hope is ready to return home.”

“I’m delighted to be back in Liverpool with this huge card,” said Eddie Hearn. “The domestic Heavyweight division is really gathering pace now it’s great to see David Price returning to Liverpool for the first time in two years and I’m pleased as always to be working with Team Sauerland to help make this happen on Sky Sports. That relationship has enabled us to work closely on a number of fights, with Tony Bellew set to face IBF Cruiserweight champion Yoan Hernandez later this year.

“It’s a massive fight for Callum Smith against Christopher Rebrasse for the WBC Silver Super Middleweight strap. Victory will put him in a final eliminator to become the mandatory challenger for the winner of Badou Jack vs. George Groves for the WBC title. Rocky Fielding faces a massive step up against Bryan Vera who has mixed with many of the top boys at 160lbs and 168lbs. Rocky is ranked across all the governing bodies and victory on June 26th would put him with in touching distance of a World title shot.”

Callum Smith’s clash with Rebrasse for the WBC Silver Super Middleweight title represents an acid test for the hotly-tipped 25 year old. Promoter Eddie Hearn said Smith was ready to be “let off the leash” after he returned to the ring with a first round KO in Birmingham last weekend, and in Rebrasse he meets a fighter that will ask him tough questions. The Frenchman has travelled to England before when he took George Groves the distance for the European title, and Smith expects the toughest night of his career.

“He’s going to be the best that I have boxed in the pros,” said Smith. “He’s only lost three times and they have all been on points, he gave George Groves a really tough fight and I don’t think that the scorecards reflected how close the fight was. He’s big for the weight and it’s a really competitive fight for me and it will be interesting to see what level I am at after the fight – I think it’s the perfect fight at the perfect time.”

Fielding’s meeting with Vera promises to be an all-action affair as the Texan comes to Liverpool boasting a CV with wins over current World Middleweight king Andy Lee and former World champions Serhiy Dzinziruk and Sergio Mora. Fielding returned to the ring in March from an eight month absence through injury, and the 27 year old is itching to test himself against the visitor.

“Vera is a big step-up for me,” said Fielding. “He has some great wins on his record and he’s tested some really big names, so for me to get a win over him on my record would be a great statement.”

Following his win over Cleverly, Bellew swapped Liverpool for Hollywood as he took part in the filming of Creed, part of the Rocky film series, but now the 32 year old is focussed on his day job with a World title clash with IBF king Yoan Hernandez mooted for the autumn as he takes on the experienced Czech Lubos Suda.

“I’ve settled into the Cruiserweight division nicely and I am ready to take a World title shot,” said Bellew. “There are some tough, tough fighters with belts in the division, but I believe that I can beat them and get my hands on their titles.”

Tickets for the clash go on sale at midday today (May 15) exclusively for Matchroom Fight Pass members from the from the Fight Pass area at www.matchroomboxing.com. Tickets are priced at £40, £60, £80, £100, £150 and £250 VIPs.

Tickets go on general sale tomorrow (May 16) from midday from the Echo Arena website www.echoarena.com and on 0844 8000 400 – with the Echo Arena selling tickets priced in the £40-£150 bracket. The £250 VIP tickets are available exclusively from Matchroom Boxing at www.matchroomboxing.com and on 01277 359900.

Tony Bellew: “Nathan Cleverly Is Mentally Weak. Any Man Talking Retirement Shouldn’t be Fighting”

San Diego, CA – November 21, 2014 – On Saturday afternoon, November 22, one of the biggest days in boxing will take place as an eagerly anticipated rematch between former Light Heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (28-1, 14 KO’s)
 and former two-time championship challenger Tony Bellew (22-2-1, 14 KO’s) airs exclusively and live on
AWE.

The 12-round Cruiserweight World Title eliminator bout will originate from the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England and will be broadcast LIVE in the United States on AWE-A Wealth of Entertainment at 1 PM ET / 10 PM PT

On October 15, 2011, Tony Bellew got that match he was clamoring for and that was a world title opportunity with then WBO Light Heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly.  It was a bout that was in the making for sometime as they were both undefeated & Cleverly had what Bellew wanted.  It turned personal and the grudge match saw Cleverly eek out a majority decision on a grueling affair.

This Saturday, both who have both since suffered setbacks, will meet again but this time they will compete as Cruiserweights with much on the line.

“It felt like my world had just ended,” said Bellew. “You’ve been in a hard fight, you’ve taken a lot of punches and thrown a lot of punches. It hits you hard. I thought I had done enough and I knew it was a really close fight. We were all waiting for him to announce it, it seemed to take an age and when the referee announced him as the winner, he went mad, jumping around the ring,”said Bellew.

“I don’t class it as a loss, I really don’t I look at my career and I believe I’ve been beaten by one man and that is Adonis Stevenson. I believe at worst in that fight with Cleverly you can give it a draw. If you are going to score that fight and say who the better boxer of these two is, it’s me. If you’re going to ask who landed the harder shots in the fight, it’s me. OK, you can say he wins rounds on little bit of extra work rate, especially the last two, but a 12 round fight isn’t about the last two rounds. Over the whole 12 rounds I was the better boxer, I won six rounds clearly and you can’t deny me that.” continued Bellew of the first encounter.

Because of the rivalry, it was a natural when both moved to Cruisweweight that hostilities would be renewed.

“I’m not really that bothered to tell the truth,” said Bellew. “It’s great boxing in front of your home fans, it’s a fantastic feeling, a buzz. I’ve had both sides of the spectrum. I’ve had 10,000 against me and 10,000 with me and let me tell you, it’s a lot better when you have them on your side. They can help spur you on through the dark moments, because when a fight gets hard, there is going to be dark moments, when you need to show what you are about and what you have got in the tank, they can drag it out of you.” 

On July 12, Both Cleverly and Bellew shared a bill and scored knockout wins to set this rematch.  After Bellew’s win, he tried to fire the first verbal and psychological at Cleverly.

 “I walked over and I gave him a piece of my mind,” said Bellew. “Does he really believe you were a World champion. I don’t think he does. The eyes don’t lie. I have looked into the eyes of a true World champion in Adonis Stevenson. He looks ruthless, looks deadly and looks vicious. Looking into Stevenson’s eyes and looking into Cleverly’s eyes, there’s only one World champion there, and I am not fighting him tonight.”
 
“He is mentally weak. Any man that is talking about retirement shouldn’t be fighting any more, simple as that. He’s fragile and he’s hiding a lot from people. I win the fight because I am too strong, too powerful and I am technically better than him in everything he does.”

Two co-main events feature two WBA world title bouts. Scott Quigg will make the 5th defense of the WBA Super Bantamweight title against Hidenori Otake of Tokyo, Japan. Also co-featured is two-time Bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell defending the WBA Bantamweight title against Javier Chacon of Argentina… 

If that is not enough, then boxing fans are in for a terrific treat as two-time world title challenger George Groves takes on American Denis Douglin. The card also features undefeated British prospect Callum Smith as he sets to battle former world title challenger Nikola Sjekloca. Heavyweight and undefeated 2012 Olympic Gold Medal winner Anthony Joshua takes on 64-fight veteran Michael Sprott.