Tony Bellew will get his second shot at world title glory when he faces either Adonis Stevenson or Tavoris Cloud for the light heavyweight crown in Canada in November.
Bellew turns 31 on November 30 which is a mooted date for the bout to take place after the WBC ruled the bout had to take place before the end of the year. Quebec City is a likely venue for the clash, with Canadian Stevenson taking a voluntary defense in September against Florida’s Cloud.
The Liverpool star earned the mandatory position after defeating Isaac Chilemba at The O2 in May, with Stevenson claiming the belt with a stunning first round knockout of Chad Dawson in June in Montreal.
“I am delighted Tony has got the shot – and what a perfect potential date for it,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Tony has worked tirelessly to get a second crack at a World title and he’s ready to claim it now – what a dream birthday present it will be when he does.”
Of course, this still seems rather unofficial at this point. The winner of the Stevenson vs. Cloud fight will need to be healthy and injury-free, and willing to fight, in just two months from that victory, and the details still needed to be worked out about exactly where and when the fight will be held. Bellew is in position, but let’s see if it all goes to plan.