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Promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed he is close to finalising the rematch between Tony Bellew and Nathan Cleverly and is expected to reveal details this week.
The bad blood between the pair has continued after their initial bout back in 2011, with Cleverly winning on points in Liverpool to retain his WBO light heavyweight title.
However, both men have since moved up to the cruiserweight division, with Matchroom billing their paths as a ‘collision course’ as they have targeted each other from the start.
Bellew has insisted that he was left angered by Cleverly’s attitude after their first fight and claims that he backed out of a promise of a rematch, while Cleverly is confident that he will be able to finally quieten his rival with an emphatic victory this time round.
Hearn has revealed that he has had to reschedule the fight as he he originally planned for it to take place on December 6 on the same night as Kell Brook’s homecoming and title defence, but due to his injury after being stabbed on holiday, he is out of action until next year.
“We are almost there,” said Hearn, Sky Sports reports.
“Having been originally set for December 6, we are now finalising a new date and venue and I hope to have the deal tied up this week.
“This is a wonderful fight – two great fighters with a genuine rivalry that will keep fans on their toes in and outside the ring. I can’t wait for this fight, and of course the build up!”
Both men have already started the war of words with Cleverly insisting that Bellew will not hear the final bell while the Liverpudlian says he will “put myself through hell in camp and picture his face during every moment” as he looks to “finish him”.
Following on from the success of Carl Froch’s rematch with George Groves back in May, it is unlikely that this fight will gain as much attention and ticket sales, but it is undoubtedly set to be another thrilling and explosive night for British boxing.