Bellew fires warning to Stevenson
Tony Bellew has dismissed Adonis Stevenson's 'Superman' tag by warning that he will be the Canadian's Kryptonite.
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Liverpool fighter Bellew, 30, takes on the highly-rated Stevenson for the WBC light-heavyweight title in Quebec City on November 30.
It is Bellew's second shot at a world title after losing on points to Nathan Cleverly with the WBO crown at stake two years ago.
The Everton fan is confident of making up for that disappointment against WBC champion Stevenson, who is known as Superman for his strong punching power and impressive record.
Stevenson, 36, has recorded 19 of his 22 victories by knockout and lost only once.
Yet it is that one defeat, to journeyman Darnell Boone at super-middleweight in 2010, that Bellew remembers.
Bellew told Press Association Sport: "I think I am the Kryptonite - that is the best way of putting it.
"He has got this moniker, this slogan, this Superman thing - but at the end of the day the cold, hard fact is he has been knocked out by a journeyman, a guy that has won 20 fights and lost 20.
"I am better than Darnell Boone. I am better than any fighter in the world who has won 20 and lost 20. That is a fact.
"They hype Stevenson up to be the next coming of Mike Tyson but, the fact of the matter is, he is just a little man with a huge punch.
"I am going to defuse that punch and just turn him into a little man."
Haiti-born Stevenson avenged his loss to Boone - who has actually won 19 and lost 21 - this year and then claimed his title with a first-round knockout of Chad Dawson in June.
He successfully defended it against Tavoris Cloud in September while Bellew emerged as his next mandatory challenger after beating Isaac Chilemba in May.
Bellew said: "November 30 can't come soon enough. I'm excited and really happy.
"I am in a good place at the minute and really looking forward to the fight.
"This is the biggest opportunity of my life, I can't put the magnitude of this fight into words.
"Not only am I fighting for the WBC title, I'm fighting for The Ring magazine belt as well.
"That says, when you hold that title, you are the best fighter in the light-heavyweight division - no questions, ifs, buts. You are the best.
"The hype around Stevenson is huge in America.
"Everyone wants to see this big (Sergey) Kovalev-Stevenson fight happen, but they are not going to see it because I am going to turn this division on its head on November 30."
Bellew was speaking at Everton's Finch Farm training complex, where he does a lot of his fitness work.
He is now good friends with a number of the players, who will be keen to watch his next fight after their Barclays Premier League game against Stoke earlier on that same day.
Defender Sylvain Distin said: "I never sleep after games so it will be a good opportunity to stay up and watch the fight.
"I have seen Tony train and seen him in the ice bath. Everybody puts just one leg in. I am a bit more brave so go in a bit more, but he goes in up to his neck. I don't know what he is doing!"
As well as his training, Bellew has been enjoying the Toffees' start to the season.
Roberto Martinez's men have lost just once in their opening 10 games and are just a point off second place.
Bellew said: "Being an Evertonian and from going to watch them since I was eight - it is the best football I have ever seen us play.
"It is fantastic to watch and it is a good time to be an Evertonian."