LIVERPOOL’S Tony Bellew has taunted his rival Nathan Cleverly, insisting his career is going nowhere after his victory over Shawn Hawk in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Cefn Fforest ace Cleverly hopes his impressive stoppage win over Hawk has put him in line for high-profile world-title unification bouts in 2013.
But he still has an eye on potential all-British clashes along the road.
The second of his four WBO world light-heavyweight defences to date came when he edged a thrilling majority verdict over domestic rival Bellew last October.
And, asked last week whether he viewed a rematch with Bellew as inevitable, Cleverly said: “Yeah, I think so. That was a real good fight, a good battle over 12 rounds. Everyone loves their domestic dust-ups.”
But Bellew, who takes on Roberto Bolonti for the WBC international silver title on Saturday, yesterday responded by mocking Cleverly’s achievments over the past year.
“I think it (a rematch with Cleverly) is out of the question now,” he told Sky Sports News.
“The fight with Shawn Hawk was a joke fight.
“When you are fighting guys like Tommy Karpency and Hawk where is your career going? If he carries on like that he can’t call himself a world champion.”