Longtime WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson 29-1 (24) says he will travel to Great Britain to knockout old foe Tony Bellew 30-2-1 (20) in a rematch.
Bellew, who recently destroyed David Haye in five rounds at heavyweight, has a good record in return bouts. He reversed a decision loss to Welshman Nathan Cleverly and bounced back from a split draw against South African-based Malawian Isaac Chilemba with a unanimous decision win in an immediate rematch in 2013.
After his second stoppage victory over Haye, Bellew called out retired former super middleweight and light heavyweight world champion Andre Ward. But Haitian-born Canadian-based Stevenson believes Bellew should be looking at revenge for his 2013 TKO6 loss to the now 40-year-old southpaw.
“Tony Bellew needs to get a rematch because when I lost, the first thing I knew I would do is get a rematch and knock him out – and did,” Stevenson told Sky Sports, speaking about his shock TKO loss to dangerous journeyman Darnell Boone back in 2010. He got his revenge three years later, knocking Boone out in the sixth round of their scheduled 10 round bout.
“You have to fight again the guy who knocked you out, except me! If I fight Bellew again, I am going to knock him out again. It would be exciting, though.”
This weekend Stevenson will make the ninth defence of the WBC title he won by knockout from Chad Dawson back in 2013 when he takes on former super middleweight titleholder Badou Jack 22-1-2 (13) at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada on Saturday night.
“Ward might want to fight Bellew, but he certainly doesn’t want to fight me,” said Stevenson. “When he had those titles, we tried to unify the division with him, and he just retired.
“I would like to fight in the UK. I don’t have a problem with coming there for this fight. I am going to knock him out in the UK. I have lots of UK fans, so I will come and do it again.
“Eddie Hearn has got our number, so he can negotiate with Al (Haymon).
“They are doing Joshua-Wilder, so it would be exciting if I was on their undercard, at catchweight, fighting Bellew.
“That can happen and I will knock him out again. I’ve got his number and I am going to do it again. Andre Ward won’t because he’s not a power-puncher.”