Bellew vows to overcome Chilemba to land WBC shot
British light heavyweight contender Tony Bellew (19-1-1) has vowed to overcome Isaac Chilemba (20-1-2) and land himself a shot at the WBC title when the pair rematch as chief support to Carl Froch-Mikkel Kessler at the O2 Arena in London this Saturday, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
The Bomber and his South African rival drew their WBC light heavyweight final eliminator in Liverpool in March but agreed a quick rematch.
The winner will become mandatory challenger for the WBC light heavyweight title, which Chad Dawson defends against Adonis Stevenson in Canada on June 8.
Bellew has promised an improved performance will make the difference this time around.
"I wanted the rematch straight away and he basically had nowhere to go," said Bellew.
"Ideally we match up very well and we match up to make a really, really great fight but you can't force a guy to fight in the ring. To make a great fight happen it takes two to tango and it takes two guys who really want to have a fight. I am willing to play my part in it, it is whether he is willing to play his part. The real big difference on the night will be my output and this time I am not going to stop after seven rounds, that is the top and bottom of it. I am not going to fall apart halfway through the fight. I didn't perform last time, it is as simple as that. I did not perform anywhere near the best of my ability or my potential and I was very disappointed in myself. While I still think I won and he knows I won deep down, I still didn't perform well enough and I am paying for that by having this rematch."
Bellew believes Chad Dawson will retain his title against Stevenson.
"I think Dawson is too clever for Stevenson," said Bellew. "But Stevenson has an equaliser in that right hand, he can really, really punch."