Boxing: Tony Bellew targeting a shot at Chad Dawson's WBC belt
Tony Bellew is keen to be at the front of the queue for a shot at WBC light-heavyweight champ Chad Dawson.
Last Updated: 23/02/13 5:04pm
The towering Liverpudlian faces Isaac Chilemba in a final eliminator in March and victory over the Malawian may see him face Dawson sooner than originally expected.
The American was due to defend his belt in a rematch with Jean Pascal on May 25, but Canada's Pascal now seems sure to swerve the chance in favour of a lucrative clash with compatriot Lucian Bute.
Bellew, 30, said: "The Chilemba fight is the biggest and toughest of my career so far.
"We know what's at stake. Chad Dawson is a step closer now, especially after this Pascal v Bute rumour. But I'm not getting carried away, I'm just looking forward.
"The future is looking really good now and I'm one fight away from the massive fight I want."
On the possibility of facing Dawson, he added: "I've seen the blueprint and I know what he's about.
"I know he's a good fighter and I respect him but at the end of the day when you get in the ring, it's just you and him and no respect gets shown. It is what it is and I'll just keep winning."