The rematch between Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew was announced today for 22 November in Liverpool, to be screened on Sky Box Office Pay-Per-View. Cue outrage from boxing fans who don't fancy stumping up £15 to watch the domestic grudge match.
Cleverly won their first bout by a majority decision at the Echo Arena in October 2011, where they will fight again next month.
Both fighters have moved up a division in weight now after rebuilding their careers after comprehensive defeats at world level, but neither are deserving of a world title shot at cruiserweight, which is far from the most exciting division as it is.
"Many people have asked me why I am going back to Liverpool to fight Tony Bellew again and the answer is simple – I don't like him," Cleverly said today.
Bellew hit back with: "I have seen his horrible face in my head many nights since the fight but I have not had the chance to make it right."
See the disgruntled Twitter reaction to its PPV status below
Cleverly-Bellew is the most desperate PPV in British boxing history. Can anyone point out the 'box office' fighter?Mark Butcher (@KOwriting) October 1, 2014
@MatchroomBoxing PPV hahahahaAdam (@Adam__20) October 1, 2014
Cleverly vs. bellew 2 PPV hahahahaha. I thought it was the 1st of October not the 1st of AprilChris McLachlan (@_ChrisMcLachlan) October 1, 2014
I like the fight, I'm a big Cleverly fan and hope they both get well paid. Still, this ain't a PPV fightTommy Allan (@TomBoxingAsylum) October 1, 2014
Eddie tell me again about bellew cleverly being ppv worthy pic.twitter.com/dl0peZmcMPBoxingcrazy78 (@boxingcrazy78) October 1, 2014
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