Bellew promises to 'chew up and spit out' McIntosh after no show at press conference
18:17 GMT, 25 April 2012
Tony Bellew aimed an extraordinary rant at Danny McIntosh after he failed to appear at a press conference for their 'Big Bang' showdown on Friday.
Bellew will put his British light-heavyweight title on the line at Liverpool’s Echo Arena as he returns to action for the first time since his defeat to Nathan Cleverly in October.
And the 29-year-old was in no mood to pull his punches as he lit the blue touchpaper ahead of the potentially explosive clash.
Man on mission: Tony Bellew holding a Big Mac burger after the press conference as his opponent Danny McIntosh fails to attend
'It is total disrespect from Danny to the press, Sky Sports and to me – it’s pathetic really,’ slammed Bellew. ‘I know what he’s trying to do and there’s no point trying to play mind games with me.
'I don’t eat Big Macs but I’ll make an exception on Friday night – he’s getting chewed up and spat out. The problem is that he’s only coming for the cheque, he might walk off with a good payday but he’ll have a big defeat and a bust up face to show for his night.’
Having lost a majority decision to Cleverly, who has since gone on to defend his belt against Tommy Karpency, Bellew has been a frustrated figure on the sidelines.
Bombs away: Tony Bellew with his British Light-Heavyweight Championship belt
'I’m coming off the back of my best performance and I feel that I have been punished for fighting so well,’ he said. ‘I’ve been left of the shelf for way too long and I’ll take it out on Danny on Friday.
'Cleverly is the weakest world champion, there’s no doubt in my mind about that. But he doesn’t want it, so let’s move on and look at better fighters. The fact is that he is not fighting the right fighters – if I was fighting carpet fitters and plumbers I wouldn’t be happy and there’s something wrong there.
'Danny is a bigger threat than Tommy Karpency, a guy who went back to his corner and wanted out after the third round – that’s not right. But there’s more out there than Nathan for me, I will fight anyone and I guarantee excitement, bums on seats and TV viewers.’
'Danny doesn’t do things right outside the ring and I know that because it’s my business to know what he does outside the ring,’ raged Bellew.
'He’ll be in hot baths in Sheffield to make the weight and I’m bang on it now. But he’s a dangerous fighter and he’s a bigger puncher than Cleverly so I’m not taking this lightly whatsoever – I’m just supremely confident that I have far too much for him or any other domestic light heavyweight.
'I’m beyond that level now but on Friday the talking stops and I have to put something special on for the fans and viewers because I’ve been out for too long. There’s no use me just getting by him on points or something, I need to look explosive and devastating – and that’s the plan.’
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