Price predicts Bellew win over Cleverly

Tony Bellew and Nathan Cleverly do battle in their first fight. Scarborough's Danny Price, who beat Bellew as an amateur, is backing his former victim to win the rematch.

Tony Bellew and Nathan Cleverly do battle in their first fight. Scarborough's Danny Price, who beat Bellew as an amateur, is backing his former victim to win the rematch.

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Scarborough’s former cruiserweight boxer Danny Price is predicting a victory for one of his former victims in this weekend’s pay-per-view showdown between Tony Bellew and Nathan Cleverly.

Price, who beat Bellew 8-7 in the ABA final back in 2006, thinks the Liverpudlian needs the knockout to beat Welshman Cleverly, but is backing him to do just that in the latter stages of the fight.

Danny Price defeats Tamas Bayjzath at Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton Le Spring, Tyne & Wear, UK. 15th February 2013. Frank Maloney Promotions. � Leigh Dawney 2013

Danny Price defeats Tamas Bayjzath at Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton Le Spring, Tyne & Wear, UK. 15th February 2013. Frank Maloney Promotions. � Leigh Dawney 2013

“I could be wrong but Cleverly looks beaten already,” said Price.

“Bellew is playing the mind games and it looks like he’s got the upper hand psychologically.

“If he’s going to win this fight, Bellew needs the knockout, he won’t beat Cleverly on points.

“I’m going to go for a late stoppage win for Bellew.”

Price insists Bellew was a fan of playing mindgames even in the pair’s amateur days, when the Scarborough man emerged victorious.

He added: “Bellew loved to chat before a fight, which is fair enough.

“It wasn’t a close fight at all though. I went into the last round one point down and remember wondering how I was losing the fight.

“I thought I had won it comfortably, but I got the win and that is all that matters.”

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