Nathan Cleverly vs Tony Bellew 2: Decision to air the rematch on Sky Sports Box Office PPV causes outrage

Fight labelled 'most desperate PPV in British boxing history' by one Twitter user

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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

 

On the undercard, Scott Quigg defends his WBA 'regular' world super-bantamweight title for a fifth time against Joseph Agekbo and Jamie McDonnell defends his WBA 'regular' world bantamweight title against Walberto Ramos. London 2012 super-heavyweight Anthony Joshua is in action against Michael Sprott.

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