Tony Bellew says he intends to ‘seek and destroy’ Roberto Bolonti when the pair fight for the vacant WBC Silver light heavyweight title at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham on Saturday.
The Bomber has warned his Argentine opponent that he will adopt different tactics in Nottingham than those used when he beat Edison Miranda with a ninth round stoppage in September. Bellew also believes Bolonti is not a better fighter than Miranda, despite having a higher ranking.
“I am not going in there to box and move with Roberto Bolonti,” he said. “The tactics I use won’t be the tactics I employed for the Edison Miranda fight – I would say it will be more like the tactics I employed for the Danny McIntosh fight, and we saw how devastating that knockout was.
“It is about seeking and destroying and really hurting someone and getting a vicious knockout; that is what this fight is about. I believe I am good enough to go in there, stand there and trade. I can go into this fight and have a fight and I am happy to do that. You don’t go in with a guy like Edison Miranda and start fighting fights on his terms.
“People weren’t happy on the night because I boxed cautiously and used my skills but I can’t be having wars every time and I have realised that. I could have upped the pace sooner and stopped him a bit faster but all that said, I still did a job on Edison Miranda and I did exactly what I said I was going to do and that was to punish him and to stop him. Not many people stop him and I have stopped him, so I have to be happy and grateful for that.