Former world champion Nathan Cleverly (28-1, 14KO) came in a career heaviest at an ill tempered weigh-in with his nemesis Tony Bellew (22-2-1, 14KO).

The Welshman was 14st 3lbs and a trimmer than usual Bellew also came in at 14st 3lbs ahead of tomorrow’s WBO world title eliminator at Liverpool’s Echo Arena, live on Sky Box Office.

The rivals met at Liverpool’s St George’s Hall and there was a heavy security presence to keep them separated, in front of hundreds of fans. Bellew concluded the weigh-in by throttling blow up sheep dolls and doing the throat slit gesture.

It is not the first time that Bellew has been heated at a weigh-in, having head butted Cleverly and Adonis Stevenson prior to his two failed world title bids at light-heavyweight.

It’s followed a heated week where Bellew has branded Cleverly as a recovering alcoholic, while the Welshman had no idea where the accusation came from and labelled it as the latest instalment of Bellew’s desperate bullying tactics.


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